Government Shutdown Update

During the government shutdown, the Aftermath Exhibits in the Center for Education and Leadership will be open for daytime visitation. The historic site (theatre, museum, Petersen House) will be closed for daytime visitation. Performances of "Twelve Angry Men" will go on as scheduled.

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).