Middletown, Connecticut, is a city of about 40,000 located in a scenic area of the lower Connecticut River. The Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater is partnering with the City of Middleton to create architectural drawings, planning activities, and design charettes for the reuse of a vacant building in downtown Middletown as a cultural facility for the theater company. The design will include space for classrooms, a gallery, administrative offices, a technical workshop, and professional theater. The new building facilitates the Playhouse's strategy to expand its programming to reach even more diverse audiences. It is estimated that Oddfellows Playhouse programming will serve 24,000 individuals annually in its new building, which also will help revitalize the main street with this new arts venue in the center of town.