Mainstage Matinees

Ford's Theatre offers weekday matinees of its mainstage shows at times that are appropriate for school attendance. We also offer teacher preview seminars, described below.

Student Matinees
Many Student Matinees include 20-minute post-show discussion. Teachers are required to attend a Workshop and Preview performance that introduces the play and gives educators resources for teaching the social studies and ELA themes of the play.

Student matinee dates for the 2016-2017 season are:

  • Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf: Thursday, February 16, 2017 at noon
  • Ragtime: Friday, March 17, March 24 and May 19, 2017 at 11 a.m.

How to Attend Student Matinees
Tickets for student matinees can be booked through the Group Sales Office once tickets are on sale in August. A limited number of Student Matinee tickets are available free of charge to Title 1 schools and schools with 40% or more students qualified for the Free and Reduced School Meals program (FARMS). DC Metro-area Title I and schools with 40% or more students qualified for FARMS (located within the Capital Beltway) should contact for more information on how to receive subsidized tickets. Schoolw outside the DC Metro-area that are Title 1 or with 40% or more students qualified for FARMS may be eligible for Operation Discovery.

D.C. Area Teacher Workshops and Previews
These special events introduce teachers to Ford’s Theatre and to plays that link closely to Social Studies and Language Arts content.

Production Resources
Enhance the theatre-going experience by deepening your understanding of the world of the play. Appropriate for students, educators and interested audience members, these resources will help create context for each production.

For more information, please email education department.

Photo of the Seattle Repertory cast by Chris Bennion.