Statement from Our Director

An update from Director Paul R. Tetreault on anti-racist work and the 2020-2021 season at Ford’s Theatre.

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Looking to bring your students to see where history happened or to see a performance? Looking for a professional community of dedicated teachers?

Our Programs

We offer professional development, teacher preview workshops, field trips and more.

Distance Learning

Distance Learning

No matter where you are, you can learn about President Lincoln’s assassination and Civil War Washington through our distance-learning programs.

Lincoln Online Oratory Project

Distance Learning

Through this unique program, students will learn one of President Abraham Lincoln's historical speeches, the fundamentals of performance and public speaking skills. At the end of this project, your class is invited to create a video of the speech they learned to showcase their performance skills. 

Oratory Residency and Festival

Oratory

For the 20-21 School Year, this program will combine with the Lincoln Online Oratory Project. Classes receive five virtual visits with a teaching artist to learn a historical speech to perform. Classes record a performance and send to Ford’s for upload to Ford’s YouTube channel.

Field Trips

On-Site Programs

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and in order to support social distancing, we will not be accepting group reservations, which means we will not be offering the free field trip program on-site this fall. We encourage you to consider a virtual field trip or other virtual program for your students this year.

Student Matinees

On-Site Programs

Bring your students to see a performance on our historic stage and examine the American experience through live theatre.

Teacher Preview Workshops

Professional Development

We offer teachers the chance to see our mainstage performances for free, plus a workshop to learn strategies for bringing a show’s concepts into your classroom.

Civil War Washington

Online, July 2020

Professional Development

The city of Washington was a complex, gritty, unfinished and precarious place during the Civil War. In this institute, connect with peers to illuminate new perspectives and under-told stories, explore historic sites and collect a wealth of resources. Gain tools to help students grapple with histories whose legacies matter today in this program for K-12 educators.

Set in Stone

Online, July 2020

Professional Development

Learn about monuments and memorials in the nation’s capital and examine how we remember the Civil War in this week-long summer teacher program for 3rd- through 12th-grade teachers.

National Oratory Fellowship

Aug. 2019-May 2020

Professional Development

Join this national cohort of 5th- through 8th-grade teachers in this multi-year professional development program designed to help integrate public speaking and performance skills into your classroom.