Site Closed

Ford’s Theatre Society and the National Park Service closed the historic site starting March 14. That closure currently extends through May 17. Our production of “Guys and Dolls” has been postponed to spring 2021.

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Teaching Oratory

Since 2011, the Ford’s Theatre National Oratory Fellows program has worked with teachers across the country to bring public speaking and performance into grades 5-8 through a framework that enlivens history and English Language Arts learning. 

Here, any teacher can draw on the knowledge of our teaching artists and oratory fellows. You can teach all of the lessons or choose what works for your needs. All lessons are primarily written for grades 5-10, but we give you tips to differentiate. 

Interested in participating in a program? Ford's Theatre offers teachers and students life-changing opportunities to learn the power of oratory.


Original Speech Writing Using Podium Points

Students write eight original speeches. Rubrics and examples included. Each speech performance focuses on using two Podium Points (elements of effective public speaking).