Position: Teaching Artists (Dance, Drama, Vocal Music, Visual Arts)

Report To: Director of Programs Department: Arts Education

FLSA Status: Seasonal, Contract

Projected Start Date:  12- Weeks (September 18 - December 15, 2017) 

Compensation:  Starts at $35/hr

To Apply:  Send résumé and bio to AShareef@karamuhouse.org 



About Karamu House

In 1915, Oberlin College graduates Russell and Rowena Jelliffe opened the Playhouse Settlement in a Cleveland area called The Roaring Third. The Jelliffes wanted to build an environment where people of different races, religions, and social and economic backgrounds could come together to seek and share common ventures through the arts, and Karamu House was established as a gathering place for raciallydiverse members of the surrounding community at that time. As the community became predominantly African American, Karamu responded with programs geared to their needs and interests. Today, Karamu is evolving to be reborn as a beating heart for the entire community, regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identification, or age, as it embarks on its second 100 years, retaining its historical identity as “a place of joyful gathering.” Core programs include a five-performance, sociallyrelevant and professional quality theatre season; arts education in drama/theatre, music and dance for all ages; and community programming, such as a lecture series, and spoken word and music performances, that invites participation and engagement, reflection, and a re-commitment to cultural values.


Karamu has immediate openings for Teaching Artists (TA) for Fall 2017.. Successful candidates are practicing artists in the disciplines of dance and drama who are committed to working with youth grades k-adult. TAs must have a curiosity in exploring Karamu’s philosophy and approach to arts education. TAs will join a team of highly committed individuals, dedicated to the work of Karamu. Therefore, flexibility and a positive attitude/ desire to pitch in to accomplish a goal no matter what, are a must. Summer arts includes two, 5-week sessions.

Fall Semester: 12- Weeks (September 18 - December 15, 2017) 

Youth Drama 
 - M/W; 4:30-6 pm, grades 6-12
 - Sat; 10-11 am, grades 7-12

Youth Dance (Modern)
 - T or Th; 3:30-4:15 pm, grades K-3
 - T/Th; 4:30-6 pm, grades 6-12
 - Sat; 10-11 am, grades 4-6
 - Sat; 11-12 am, grades 7-12

Youth Dance|Drama Combo
 - Sat; 9-9:45 am, grades K-3


Primary responsibilities include: 

  • Providing direct instruction to Fall semester Arts program students.
  • Strategy planning with the Director of Programs
  • Implementation of teaching/program strategy in the classroom.
  • Carrying out administrative responsibilities including:
    •           Submission of written lesson plans
    •           Completing student assessments
    •           Creating and following teaching schedules
  •  Attending team meetings with Karamu Arts staff
  • Contributing performance pieces or exhibition work for the culminating event(s).
  •  Performing other duties as necessary.

Success in this position requires the following skills and abilities: 

  • Team building competencies + ability to be an active contributor in group decision-making
  •  Strong oral and written communication skills
  •  Advanced skills in Microsoft Office Suite
  •  Ability to see ideas through to the implementation phase
  •  Proven organizational skills and ability to multi-task Candidates are required to possess the following:
  •  A degree from an accredited institution of higher education (may be completing final semester of coursework)
  •  Experience in classroom management
  •  Previous teaching experience
  •  Highly efficient and productive work ethic
  • Ability to work cooperatively with colleagues, parents, and community
  •  Ability to work successfully under pressure and meet deadlines and goals
  • Current proof of fingerprinting clearance FBI/BCI.


Starts at $35/hr


TO APPLYNo Phone Calls Please.

Send résumé and bio to AShareef@karamuhouse.org or

Karamu House C/O Aseelah Shareef
2355 East 89th St.
Cleveland, Ohio