In 1997, the Norwich Arts Council (NAC) received a generous naming gift from Joan Oat, widow of Donald L. Oat, the late owner of the Norwich Bulletin. This gift enabled NAC to successfully apply for a construction grant from the State of Connecticut to renovate its third-floor theater. The Donald L. Oat Theater is now a warm intimate venue that performers and patrons love.
The DLO is used for theatrical productions, live music concerts, workshops, children’s classes, and community events. It can be rented for private receptions, parties, and other celebrations. It is home to the NAC Theater group, First Friday Sounds, Miss Lottie’s Café and many other events in a variety of genres reflecting the rich diversity and artistic talents of the community.