Every year, Ford’s Theatre gives local students the opportunity to perform one of Lincoln’s speeches on the historic stage. Each class prepares for the event with help from a dedicated teaching artist, who works with students on speech comprehension and performance during classroom visits.
Oratory at Ford's
Fellows work closely with our teaching artists, staff and a network of educators to learn strategies to bring compelling and effective public-speaking into their classrooms. The fellows, along with selected student delegates, conclude the program by performing original and historic speeches on our historic stage.
In this distance-learning project, students learn a speech by Abraham Lincoln and the fundamentals of public speaking and performance. As a culminating project, the class performs the speech and creates a video of the performance to showcase their work.