The Happening

When: Friday evening through Sunday lunch, July 20-22, 2018

Where: Houston, TX, hosted by A. D. Players at the new Jeannette & L. M. George Theater

The Happening is an intimate gathering of theatre writers, directors, actors, producers, designers, teachers, students, and others who want to start a revolution of impact – through theatre, for God’s kingdom.

We’ve drawn the name of our gathering from unique performance events of the 1950s-70s. “Happenings” could take many forms, but they were participatory, experimental, experiential – and influential.

At CITA, we’re ready for a revolution in how Christians engage the world through theatre. Are you? Then come to Houston.

You’ll choose one of three tracks:

  • Creating new plays
  • Cultivating new audiences
  • Engaging new communities

More details are coming soon about the tracks’ content, leaders, and guest speakers.

Several sessions will gather all participants for keynote speakers, play readings, and performances, including A. D. Players’ production of God’s Favorite by Neil Simon. You’ll have plenty of time for networking and sharing ideas during those sessions and over meals.

A.D. Players was founded in 1967 by Jeannette Clift-George, one of the pioneers of theatre with a Christian perspective. Jeannette passed into her Father’s presence last December but her influence will always be remembered in the new theatre complex bearing her name, where The Happening will take place. Come and learn more about the amazing impact A. D. Players has had in its community and beyond!

Attendance is only $250 (and includes the theatre ticket) to if you register by May 1, or $275 thereafter. A limited number of partial scholarships are available by application for full-time theatre students, ministry and theatre professionals. Write to for information.

Conference rates are available at our preferred hotel, Doubletree by Hilton by the Galleria (more info and reservation link on the Registration page), or stay wherever is convenient for you. CITA will help coordinate hotel room sharing and rides from the Doubletree, but is unable to find housing outside of our preferred hotel or rides from elsewhere.

Registration will open Monday, March 5.