Our current production of A Christmas Carol celebrates its 500th performance on December 9, 2017. That’s a lot of bah humbugs and pounds of theatrical snow!
The National Oratory Fellows program is a signature initiative of Ford’s Theatre, drawing on our institutional expertise in history, education and performing arts. It is a long-term teacher professional development program designed to build teacher capacity to use public speaking and performance as teaching strategies in middle and high school classrooms.
Are you thinking about or in the process of redesigning your website? Regardless of the type of institution and the purpose the new website will serve, all organizations face similar challenges when embarking on this process. Ford’s Theatre shares lessons learned and provides strategies to overcome common challenges associated with creating a living and sustainable website.
Ford’s Theatre is committed to hiring and featuring local actors. This allows artists the chance to explore a wide variety of material and gives audiences an opportunity to watch their favorite actors transform from role to role.
Timberlake Wertenbaker has written extensively for the stage, radio and film. In January 2018, Ford’s Theatre presents the American premiere of her latest play, Jefferson’s Garden. Read her thoughts on writing about the complex beginnings of our nation and our relationship with freedom
Washington, D.C., offers numerous opportunities to get out of the classroom and experience history, particularly when studying the Civil War. While Ford’s Theatre receives a large amount of attention, many other sites with engaging stories can be found around the city—in neighborhoods and places easily accessible to students that they may pass by on a daily basis.
Actress Felicia Curry, who you’d recognize from former Ford's productions like A Christmas Carol and Spelling Bee, steps into the pages of revolutionary history in January 2018. She'll play Susannah—an enslaved woman who is tempted to fight for the British when they promise her liberty—in the American premiere of Jefferson's Garden, by Timberlake Wertenbaker.
Did you know that African Americans testified during the trial of the Lincoln assassination conspirators? In one major instance, 10 former slaves spoke out candidly against their former owner, Dr. Samuel Mudd, revealing him to be far more malicious than his innocent country doctor persona suggested.
On Lincoln’s 158th birthday, Ford’s Theatre reopened as a working theatre, presenting its first play since the evening of Lincoln’s assassination. Since that performance of John Brown’s Body on February 12, 1968, Ford’s has honored Lincoln’s legacy and his love of the performing arts for nearly 50 years.
Nearly every American teacher has either had to read or teach Death of a Salesman in their lifetime. It’s a classic! Ford’s Theatre collaborated with Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) to devise a fresh, cross-disciplinary lesson plan to tackle the theme the American dream. Read more from Jennie Eng and SAAM Teacher Programs Coordinator Elizabeth Dale-Deines.