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Latest News and Press Releases

Ford’s Theatre Hires Erica Lauren Ortiz as Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion & Leah Yoon Frelinghuysen as Director of External Communications and Marketing

Ford’s Theatre Director Paul R. Tetreault today announced the hiring of Erica Lauren Ortiz as Director, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Leah Yoon Frelinghuysen as Director, External Communications and Marketing. Both joined the senior leadership of Ford’s Theatre on September 8. “I am thrilled to have Erica and Leah on the Ford’s Theatre leadership team,” said Ford’s Theatre Director Paul R. Tetreault. “The acumen and talent that each possesses will strengthen the already dynamic leadership we have. And in adding to our senior leadership, they bring invaluable perspectives that will enhance Ford's mission, outreach, programming, and commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion."

Casting and Design Team Announced for "My Lord, What a Night," Directed by Sheldon Epps

In-Person Performances at Ford's Theatre October 1-24, 2021

Ford’s Theatre Society announced full casting and the design team for Deborah Brevoort’s "My Lord, What a Night," October 1-24, 2021. Directed by Ford’s Theatre Senior Artistic Advisor Sheldon Epps, the remarkable new drama is based on true events and the friendship between contralto Marian Anderson and physicist Albert Einstein. Facemasks and proof of full vaccination (or Negative COVID-19 test) are required for all patrons. An on-demand streaming version of the play will be available the week of October 11 through November 4, 2021.

Casting Announced for Sept. 10 "Come From Away: In Concert at the Lincoln Memorial"

Tickets Not Required. First-Come Lawn Seating Available on Either Side of the Reflecting Pool

Ford’s Theatre Society announced full casting for "Come From Away: In Concert at the Lincoln Memorial," a free one-night-only concert presentation of the Tony and Olivier Award-winning musical "Come From Away" on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, September 10, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. Event is rain or shine. Social distancing and face masks are required in crowded outdoor spaces. Updated safety protocols will be available on

Ford's Theatre and The Kennedy Center Join D.C.-Area Venues with Vaccine Requirement for Audiences, Artists and Staff

Ford’s Theatre vaccination policy is valid through October 2021

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Ford’s Theatre, both examples of public/private partnerships in the nation’s capital, will be joining performing arts venues in the Washington, D.C. region and around the country, to provide a safer return to full-capacity, indoor performances this fall by requiring that all audience members be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The new policy also includes a vaccine mandate for all artists, staff, ushers, and volunteers. Specific guidance and protocols can be found on the organizations’ respective websites.

Ford’s Theatre Society Announces Come From Away: Concert at the Lincoln Memorial - September 10, 2021, at 6:00 p.m.

Free Event Commemorates the 20th Anniversary of 9/11; Marks Return of Ford's Theatre Live Performance

Washington, D.C. – Ford’s Theatre Society today announced a one-night concert version of the Tony and Olivier Award-winning musical "Come From Away" on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, September 10, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. Members of the "Come From Away" company will star in this free, 100-minute concert in honor of the 20th anniversary of 9/11. "Come From Away: Concert at the Lincoln Memorial" is presented rain or shine. Tickets are not required. The event features modified concert staging with minimal props and costumes. Casting for "Come From Away: Concert at the Lincoln Memorial" will be announced at a later date. The concert at the Lincoln Memorial marks the return of live performance for Ford’s Theatre and the first time since March 2020 that music from the musical will be performed publicly for a live audience in the United States.

Ford’s Theatre Society Announces 2021-2022 Season: In-Person Performances Resume in October

Season Includes: "My Lord, What a Night;" "A Christmas Carol;" "The Mountaintop;" World-Premiere Musical "Grace"

Ford’s Theatre Director Paul R. Tetreault today announced performance and on-sale dates for a compelling season of in-person productions that explore Civil Rights icons including Marian Anderson and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the anticipated premiere of the musical "Grace" by D.C. composer Nolan Williams, Jr., and the joyful holiday return of "A Christmas Carol." In addition, more than 1,950 free performance tickets will be offered to the company’s mainstage productions as part of the Free First Preview initiative, in partnership with TodayTix.

Ford’s Theatre Society Announces BIPOC Playwright Commissioning Initiative ̶ The Lincoln Legacy Commissions

Inaugural Playwrights are Pearl Cleage, Rickerby Hinds, Nambi E. Kelley, Dominic Taylor and Charlayne Woodard

Washington, D.C.— Ford’s Theatre today announced the launch of The Lincoln Legacy Commissions—a new play development initiative for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) playwrights that explores racial history and social justice in the United States and gives voice to lesser-known historical figures and their contributions to American life. Playwrights Pearl Cleage, Rickerby Hinds, Nambi E. Kelley, Dominic Taylor and Charlayne Woodard comprise the inaugural writers of The Lincoln Legacy Commissions. The Commissions will serve as an artistic incubator and amplifier for underrepresented BIPOC American stories and will expand the canon of American historical drama. The Commissions process will include extensive development, encompassing first readings, developmental workshops and world-premiere productions within the next decade.

Ford’s Theatre Society and the National Park Service Announce Phased Reopening of Ford’s Theatre and Museum on May 12, 2021; Petersen House and Aftermath Exhibits Remain Closed

Advance Ticket Reservations Required; Tickets available May 7 at 10 a.m.; Tickets will be available Fridays for the following Wednesday-Sunday

Ford’s Theatre Society and the National Park Service announce Ford’s Theatre and the Ford’s Theatre Museum will reopen to the public for visitation on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, with advance tickets required. Tickets for May 12-16 will be available online beginning May 7, 2021, at 10 a.m. Visits to Ford’s Theatre are self-guided. Ford’s Theatre and Museum will operate with a modified schedule for daytime visitation on Wednesdays through Sundays with required advance tickets. Tickets will be available each Friday for the following Wednesday-Sunday. Timed entry to Ford’s Theatre and Museum will be available on the hour from 10 a.m. to noon, and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The site will be closed during the 1 p.m. hour for cleaning. A maximum number of 25 visitors per hour are permitted in the building during this stage of reopening.

Ford’s Theatre Society Announces Free Virtual Programming in April 2021 to Commemorate the 156th Anniversary of the Lincoln Assassination

Virtual Programs and Performances, Student Workshops, History Resources, Live Discussions with Scholars and more

Washington, D.C. – Ford’s Theatre commemorates the 156th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination and death on April 14 and 15, and throughout the month of April with digital programming.

Ford’s Theatre Society Announces World-Premiere Musical "Grace" To Premiere at Historic Ford’s Theatre in Spring 2022

A heartfelt and hopeful celebration of Black food, family and tradition by American composer Nolan Williams Jr.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – "Grace," an electrifying musical celebrating the perseverance of family and the power of tradition by acclaimed American composer Nolan Williams Jr., will make its world premiere at the historic Ford’s Theatre in Washington in spring 2022, directed and choreographed by Robert Barry Fleming. Ticket on-sale dates will be announced by Ford’s Theatre at a future date.

Ford’s Theatre Presents Radio Play of “Necessary Sacrifices” by Richard Hellesen; Directed by Psalmayene 24; Featuring Craig Wallace as Frederick Douglass and Paul Morella as Abraham Lincoln

Audio available to Ford’s Theatre Members April 6, 2021; Audio available to the Public April 12-May 30, 2021; WPFW 89.3FM to Broadcast Play April 15 at 5:00 p.m. and April 21 at 3:00p.m.

Washington, D.C.— Ford’s Theatre has announced an audio drama adaptation of Richard Hellesen’s “Necessary Sacrifices,” featuring acclaimed Washington actors Craig Wallace as Frederick Douglass and Paul Morella as Abraham Lincoln. Psalmayene 24 makes his Ford’s directorial debut. The radio play will be made available to Ford’s Theatre Members on April 6 and to the public on April 12-May 30 via the Ford’s Theatre website, WPFW 89.3FM, Pacifica radio in the nation’s capital, is Broadcast and Media Partner for “Necessary Sacrifices,” and will air the play April 15 at 5:00 p.m. and April 21 at 3:00 p.m. WPFW also will make the broadcast available to other Pacifica radio stations nationwide during April and May 2021.

D.C., Maryland, Virginia and Montana High School Students Develop Podcasts as Part of Ford’s Theatre Oratory Program

Initial episodes of “Stand Up, Be Heard: The Podcast” showcase student oratory skills and uplift student voices on critical social issues including mental health, the death penalty.

Washington, D.C. – Ford’s Theatre announced that seven high school classrooms in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia and Montana are developing a series of student podcasts for release on as part of their work with the Ford’s Theatre Oratory program. The initial projects for “Stand Up, Be Heard: The Podcast" include a three-episode series from each classroom. The first podcast episodes addressing social issues such as the impact of the pandemic on student mental health, the inequity of the death penalty and LGBTQIA issues are now available for free streaming at

Ford’s Theatre Society Chairman Phebe N. Novakovic Announces New Board of Trustees Members

Washington, D.C.—Ford’s Theatre Society Chairman Phebe N. Novakovic announced the nonprofit’s new members of the Board of Trustees. New members include B.J. Agugliaro, Steven Barry, Andy Blocker, Elaine Chao, Dianne Cleaver, Mark Crawford, Alphonso Jackson and Marc Lampkin. The Board of Trustees of Ford’s Theatre Society is the governing body with responsibility for governance and oversight of the Society. Members serve three-year terms, with possibility of nomination for an additional three-year term. A complete list of current Board of Trustees members is available on the Ford’s Theatre website at

Sheldon Epps Joins Ford’s Theatre Society as Senior Artistic Advisor

Epps Joins Team as Theatre Reevaluates 2020-2021 Season

Washington, D.C.— Ford’s Theatre Director Paul R. Tetreault today announced that Sheldon Epps will join the theatre’s leadership team as Senior Artistic Advisor. Epps steps into the new role as the theatre reevaluates its 2020-2021 season amid the national reckoning for racial justice and the impacts of COVID-19 on live performances. “I am thrilled to welcome Sheldon Epps to the Ford’s Theatre family,” said Tetreault. “D.C. audiences will know Sheldon from his 2019 production of “Twelve Angry Men,” when he gave new relevance to this iconic drama and its themes of racism in America. I have known Sheldon for more than 20 years and been an admirer of his work as a director and producer. Over the last several years, I have relied on his counsel not only for the works he has (and will) direct but also on his programming ideas and direction of the company. Sheldon’s insight, leadership, talent and deep capacity for empathy will be vital to our path forward. As we revisit our 2020-2021 season, we commit to using our power to tell stories that speak to the present moment with courage, hope, inspiration, joy and healing. We rededicate ourselves to the great work that consumed Lincoln’s life, building a more just and peaceful world, through the power of our creative voices.”