For over two decades, we have helped prisoners, former prisoners, and incarcerated youth build Second Acts through engagement with the arts.


honoring our founder

The Agnes Wilcox Founder's Fund was established in 2015 to sustain and grow PPA's flagship prison program.  The Fund was started by Mark and Peggy Holly in honor of the immense contributions of PPA founder Agnes Wilcox.  Agnes was an inspiration to many --- from prisoners to theater critics, from incarcerated youth to the most...


ACT V Fans: your Challenge

As you know, episode 218: Act V aired recently with updates about the men involved. I'm sure you were happy to hear some of the great stories of where these guys are now. Join other fans with a donation to the first Act V Fan Sponsored Prison Project. You'll also see a great video from Ira Glass and why he supports Prison Performing Arts.

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See PPA In Shake 38

Join Prison Performing Arts in Shakespeare Festival St. Louis' SHAKE 38. The young men at Hogan Street Regional Youth Center will do a reading of As You Like It, and the Alumni Theatre Company will perform A Midsummer Night's Dream. Shake 38 has grown from a 38-hour performance to a five-day event attracting over 1,500 artists and dozens of community partners.