A. D. Players, originally known as After Dinner Players, was founded in 1967 by Jeannette Clift George. The troupe of part-time actors performed its first performance in 1968, and seven years later, in 1975, the Players created a Touring Company. In the late 1970s, the Players purchased the Grace theater building. Soon, the Touring Company was performing internationally. The Theater Arts Academy was established to offer a variety of drama classes to children. A. D. Players continued to grow through the early nineties, even expanding with the building of Saint Street Annex, which served as the new home for costume shop, Touring Company, rehearsal hall, and Theater Arts Academy. The company also started Houston's first year-round children's theater. In 1997, A. D. Players made their off-Broadway debut performing "John His Story" at Lamb's Theater in New York City.