10th Street, NW closure

Due to utility work, the intersection of 10th Street and F Street is currently closed and inaccessible to vehicular traffic. The Atlantic Building parking garage can be accessed by turning north on 10th Street from E Street NW. Please use extreme caution when accessing the garage as the block serves 2-way traffic during this closure. Please allow for extra time to arrive at the museum and theatre.

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Experience the power of oratory in your classroom!

Using the words of President Lincoln, students will learn the historical context of a speech, the power of oratory and the fundamentals of performance and public speaking. As part of this distance learning program, students will:

  • Learn how to analyze and understand complex text
  • Learn our approach to effective public speaking and performance
  • Receive three virtual lessons via video conference with a professional teaching artist
  • Celebrate with program participants from across the United States in a live virtual culminating event.

At the end of this project, your class is invited to create a video of the speech they learned to showcase their performance skills. All participating class videos will be shared on our YouTube channel and potentially featured on our website.

The application for the 2022-23 school year opens mid-August.

Meet Our Teaching Artists

A selected number of schools will have the privilege of receiving virtual classroom instruction to improve performance and public speaking techniques.

Scott Ward Abernethy

Scott was raised in Pennsylvania and holds an M.F.A. in Acting from the University of Washington. He’s been an acting instructor and private coach throughout the DMV for 3 years. LOCAL: Kennedy Center: Second City’s Love Factually; Constellation Theatre: Little Shop of Horrors (Helen Hayes nom), Caucasian Chalk Circle (Helen Hayes nom), Master and Margarita; Longacre Lee: Interstellar Ghost Hour, Whipping; 4615: Measure of Cruelty, Venus in Fur; Rep Stage: The Other Place; 1st Stage: Broadway Bound, When the Rain Stops Falling; Keegan Theatre: Next to Normal (Helen Hayes award) REGIONAL: ACT: Christmas Carol; Seattle Shakespeare Co: Measure for Measure, King Lear, Love’s Labours' Lost; Book-it Rep: Jesus' Son, Anna Karenina; New City Theatre: Hamlet; Sound Theatre: Indian Ink (Gypsy award); FILM: The Infection, Off the Record; Only Connect. This is Scott’s second year working with Ford’s Education.

W. Ellington Felton

W. Ellington Felton is an Actor/Singer/Poet/Father, a native Washingtonian and product of DCPS School Without Walls. He studied Acting at Carnegie Mellon University Theatre Conservatory and returned to DC as a selected Company Member of Arena Stage's "Living Stage.”  Using his theatrical training and improvisational skills developed as a full-time musician, Felton introduces various facets of the arts through what he calls "EDUTAINMENT.”  He is an artist committed to social change in the classroom and on the various stages he performs worldwide. The son of Hilton Felton Jr., musical director of Ford's Theatre's "Five Guys Named Moe,” W. Ellington is excited to work with Ford's Theatre this year.  This is W. Ellington’s sixth year working with Ford’s Education.

Heidi Fortune

Heidi Fortune is a professional actor and teaching artist. Heidi holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Webster University Conservatory of Theatre Arts and a MA in Arts Administration from Winthrop University. Heidi has worked as a teaching artist for over a decade, most recently at Boys & Girls Clubs in South Carolina. At Boys & Girls Clubs, Heidi worked with hundreds of children to produce over 30 plays and 50 original student films. The program she created won many grants and awards, including a highly competitive National Endowment for the Arts grant and a national award from Comcast, Disney, and Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Heidi is the Director of Engagement with 1st Stage in Tysons, VA. This is her sixth year working with Ford's Education.

Victoria Reinsel

Victoria Reinsel is a classically trained professional actor, director, and teaching artist. She holds an MFA and M.Litt in Shakespeare in Performance from Mary Baldwin College. Victoria has worked with Shakespeare Theatre Company, American Shakespeare Center, Orlando Shakespeare, Taffety Punk, Chesapeake Shakespeare, among others, and she co-founded Brave Spirits Theatre. This is Victoria’s seventh year working with Ford’s Education.