Karamu House Arts Academy – Summer Arts Academy Intensive

Karamu House Arts Academy will hold auditions for their Summer Arts Academy Intensive on May 12th and May 13th.

Register your student today to audition for a spot in Karamu House’s summer arts intensive. The Summer Arts Intensive is for students entering 7th – 12th grade in the Fall of 2023.


Friday, May 12th, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Saturday, May 13th, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm


Wednesday, March 17th, 2023


  • June 12th, 2023 – July 28th, 2023
  • Hosted Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

What will happen at the auditions?

  • Students will have a group audition and should dress comfortably for movement.
  • All students must have a monologue or poem memorized that is no longer than 2 minutes.
  • Students who are interested in singing should have 1 minute of a song ready to sing acapella.
  • All students will work with a vocal coach to be assessed on their range and placement.
  • Students will learn choreography and be assessed on their dance skills.

What if I cannot attend in-person auditions?

  • Students who cannot be in-person can email unlisted youtube links to [email protected] of student reciting a 2 minute poem/monologue, a vocal audition clip that follows these directions, and a dance audition following these instructions.
  • Audition videos are due no later than May 13th 5:00 pm.
  • Student must begin the video stating their name and grade level for 2023-2024 school year.

How can I ensure acceptance to the program?

  • We audition to assess the student’s current skill level and to learn their motivation to be in the program. We do not admit students who share they do not want to participate in the program.

What will the show be for the summer?

Black Excellence: Works that Honor the African American Experience. This summer students will be assigned to learn scenes, monologues and/or musical numbers from theatrical works that honor African American playwrights and the African American experience. Beyond the script, students will learn about each playwright, the societal context in-which the work was created and reflect on if the work still feels relevant today. Students will work with the following scripts and playwrights:

  • Ain’t Misbehavin (1978) Music by Thomas “Fats” Waller
  • Rachel (1916) by Angelina Weld Grimke
  • The Color Purple (2005) based on Alice Walker novel
  • A Soldier’s Play (1981) by Charles Fuller
  • The Colored Museum (1986) by George C Wolfe
  • For Colored Girls Who Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Was Enuf (1976) by Ntozake Shange
  • Raisin In the Sun (1959) by Lorraine Hansberry
  • Piano Lesson (1987) by August Wilson
  • And more…

What are the costs for the program?

Summer Arts Intensive tuition is $125 per week. Karamu will work with the students Monday-Friday 9:00 am – 3:30 pm for 7 weeks. Catered lunches are provided daily with breakfast snacks and evening snacks.

If you are interested in financial assistance or a scholarship, please notify [email protected] with your students full name and program. Students who have been apart of the program for at least 3 sessions with exceptional attendance and behavior are prioritized for the merit scholarships, which is separate from the financial aid process.