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

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.

Upcoming Student Matinees

Jefferson’s Garden

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 11 a.m.

Playwright Timberlake Wertenbaker explores the contradictions between our founding fathers’ ideals and the realities of freedom in America. Christian, a Quaker pacifist, defies his family to fight in the American Revolution. Susannah, an enslaved woman, is tempted to fight for the British when they promise her liberty. On their travels, Christian and Susannah cross paths with Thomas Jefferson, George Mason and Sally Hemings. These encounters force them to confront the compromises America makes after the promise of equality. Recommended for ages 15 or older.

The Wiz

Friday, March 23, 30 and May 11, 2018 at Noon

In this adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s magical novel, Dorothy is whisked away by a tornado to the fanciful land of Oz. There, she and her sidekicks, the Scarecrow, Tinman and Lion, encounter Munchkins, flying monkeys and a power-hungry witch named Evillene. Rediscover the power of courage, heart, brains and friendship. Recommended for ages 8 and older.

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

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Photo of the cast of "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" by Gary Erskine.