A large group of people in travelling outfits stand together under scaffolding and sing.
Cast of the musical Ragtime at Ford’s Theatre, directed by Peter Flynn. Photo by Carol Rosegg.

Student Matinees

Ford’s Theatre offers weekday student matinees and lessons to complement your curriculum. Our theatrical productions spotlight the depth and breadth of the American experience and offer meaningful connections to classroom learning. Bring your students to a matinee and they will experience curriculum and content come to life! 

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

Free student matinee tickets are sold out for the 2022-23 season. If you would like to join the waiting list for a showing of SHOUT, SISTER, SHOUT!, please apply below. Teachers on the waiting list will be notified if free student matinee tickets become available.

Teacher Preview and Workshop

Ford’s Theatre offers a free preview performance and workshop to Washington-area teachers. You will begin the evening with a complimentary dinner and networking with other teachers. Attendance is required for teachers receiving free student matinee tickets. Space is limited. Priority is given to teachers bringing students to a student matinee, with remaining space available on a first-come, first-served basis. Ford’s Theatre Education will make every effort to accommodate your first choice of preview performance and workshop. 

Upcoming Student Matinees

Show Priority

Prioritize which show you want to bring students to most. Ford’s Theatre Education will make every effort to accommodate your choice.


Friday, March 24, 2023 at 12:00 p.m. | Friday, March 31, 2023 at 12:00 p.m. | Thursday, April 13, 2023 at 12:00 p.m.

Inspired by Gayle F. Wald’s book Shout, Sister, Shout!, this new musical tells the story of Sister Rosetta Tharpe—one of America’s most influential rock, R&B and gospel crossover singers and guitarists. Ambitious, courageous and uncompromisingly public, Tharpe became a pioneer of the women’s movement for racial and sexual equality and musical legend who redefined the national and international music scene in the 1930s and 40s and beyond. Dive into Cheryl L. West’s spirited, authentic and emotionally charged story about a charismatic music forerunner and the authentic roots of rock & roll. Recommended for ages 12 and older.