Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site (Museum, Theatre, Petersen House) and the Center for Education and Leadership will be closed to the public on Friday, May 22, and Sunday, May 31. In addition, Tuesday, May 26 – Saturday, May 30, the museum and theatre will be closed to the public, while the Petersen House and Center for Education and Leadership will remain open.

Mainstage Matinees

Ford's Theatre offers weekday matinees of its mainstage shows at times that are appropriate for school attendance. We also offer teacher preview seminars, described below.

Student Matinees
All Student Matinees include 20-minute post-show discussion, plus a Teacher Preview and Workshop that introduces the play and gives educators resources for teaching social studies and ELA themes using theatrical experiences.

Student Matinees for the 2014-2015 season have passed. Student matinee dates for the 2015-16 season will be announced soon:

  • The Guard (world premiere)
  • The Glass Menagerie
  • 110 in the Shade

How to Attend Student Matinees
Tickets for student matinees can be booked through the Group Sales Office. A limited number of Student Matinee tickets are available free of charge to Title 1 schools. Title I schools are also eligible for Operation Discovery.

D.C. Area Teacher Previews and Workshops
These special events introduce teachers to Ford’s Theatre and to plays that link closely to Social Studies and Language Arts curriculum.

Production Resources
Enhance the theatre-going experience by deepening your understanding of the world of the play. Appropriate for students, educators and interested audience members, these essays, research and interactive tools will help create context for each production.

For more information, please email education department.

Tom Story as David and Susan Heyward as Sabrina with (background L to R) Todd Gearhart as Linus and Helen Hedman as Maude in the Ford’s Theatre production of Samuel A. Taylor’s Sabrina Fair, directed by Stephen Rayne. Photo by T. Charles Erickson.