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 racially diverse 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, socially-relevant 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.
MANAGER, MARKETING + SPECIAL EVENTS
The Manager of Marketing + Special Events coordinates marketing and communications for Karamu House, including theatre ticket sales (both single ticket and subscriptions), arts education and community programming, in order to achieve revenue goals. This hands-on role coordinates and helps manage related marketing materials and campaigns, both print (e.g., flyers, brochures, direct mail) and online (e.g., email, website, social media). This role also provides active oversight of any special events, including the annual benefit event. Additionally, this role provides communications support for Karamu’s institutional advancement and public relations activities, as required.