Bring your students to the historic theatre and experience the excitement of a live performance.

Ford’s Theatre offers weekday student matinees, post-show discussions and tailored lessons to complement your curriculum. Our theatrical productions inspire audiences to become compassionate leaders in their own communities, empowering them to live out Lincoln’s principles and explore the American experience.

A limited number of free tickets are available to D.C. public schools, Title I schools, and schools that have 40 percent or more students eligible for FARMs. Schools located within the Capital Beltway may also qualify for free bus transportation. 

If you are outside of the Washington, D.C., area and interested in bringing students to a performance, you can reserve tickets through our Group Sales Office

Teachers receiving complimentary student matinee tickets are required to attend that show’s Teacher Preview Workshop and Performance. 

For our 2018-2019 theatrical season, all student matinee dates are fully booked with waiting lists. Please check back this summer for next year's season!


Teacher Preview and Workshop

Ford’s Theatre offers a free preview performance and workshop to Washington-area teachers before they bring their students. You will begin the evening with a complimentary dinner and networking with other teachers. Priority is given to teachers who are bringing their students to student matinee performances. Attendance is required by teachers receiving free student matinee tickets.

Last season, Ford’s Theatre Society provided free or low-cost tickets to 1,516 local students and community members.

- Help Us Continue Our Community Impact -
Photo of the cast of "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" by Gary Erskine.
6,663 Free Student Matinee Tickets Provided Last Year
“My students have learned how to look inward and reflect on what they see on stage.”
LaMar Bagley, Ed.D., The SEED School
Photo of Ragtime cast by Carol Rosegg.