Volunteer Usher

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Karamu House, Inc.

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As a volunteer usher here at KARAMU HOUSE you have made a personal commitment to set aside at least (4) fourhours for each assignment here at Karamu House.

Volunteer ushers are very important to Karamu House. Ushers are the face of the theatre before the show begins and help to set the tone for the guests as they arrive.

Ushers are to be welcoming, pleasant, professional, and attentive to the guests, as well as have strong inter-personal skills.

In advance, we thank you for your service and commitment!

Usher Duties

  • Upon arrival check theatre for any refuse that may have been overlooked.
  • Become familiar with the exits in the unlikely event of an emergency.
  • Assist with stuffing programs, pre-show when necessary.
  • Greet guests with a smile.
  • Scan all tickets. Take ticket stubs when necessary (from the appropriate end).
  • Anyone attending a performance must have a ticket.
  • Distribute programs to patrons.
  • Actively assist with seating.
  • Check time of intermission with House or Stage manager.
  • Distribute and collect guest surveys.
  • Direct guests to restrooms and concessions.
  • Remind guests that beverages are allowed in the house. No Food!
  • Inform guests that picture taking and video taping of shows is prohibited.
  • Become familiar with the cast and stage crew. (Stage crew will have badges.)
  • Assist guests during emergency evacuation.
  • Inform the House Manager of any problems/ issues:
    • Seating issues, uncooperative guest(s), or any other problem you cannot solve.
  • If any guest, volunteer or staff person is injured while visiting or working at KARAMU,
    • Step 1: Notify the House Manager (HM) immediately.
    • One usher must stay with the injured while the other gets HM.
    • Usher should try to get information from the injured if possible, if not inquire with person(s) the guest came with.
    • Ushers are to stand by and wait for further instructions from the HM.
  • When the performance is over ushers are to go through the house looking for lost and found items. Turn them in to the House Manager.
  • Other duties as required.

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About Karamu House, Inc.


2355 E. 89th Street, Cleveland, OH 44106, US

Mission Statement

To produce professional theatre, provide arts education and present community programs for all people while honoring the African-American experience.


In 1915, a pair of Oberlin graduates opened a settlement house in an area of Cleveland called "The Roaring Third," located at the corner of East 38th and Central Avenue. With foresight and vision, Russell Jelliffe and Rowena Woodham set out to establish a common ground where people of different races, religions, social and economic backgrounds could come together to seek and share common ventures.

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, 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 House also enjoys national prominence, being recognized as the oldest African American performing arts institute in the nation. Artists including James Pickens, Jr., Langston Hughes, Ruby Dee, Robert Guillaume, Ron O’Neal, and Bill Cobbs have been associated with Karamu. Karamu is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.


We'll work with your schedule.


2355 E. 89th StreetCleveland, OH 44106



  • People Skills


  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • (2) 4-hour shifts per production

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