For 22 years, we have helped prisoners, former prisoners, and incarcerated youth build Second Acts through engagement with the arts.


attend a prison performance — two events this February you don't want to miss

Join PPA this February and experience our work in action at an adult prison. Two shows February 5th in Vandalia, MO, will feature a performance of The Flying Doctor by Moliere and The Vandalia Monologues, a collection of original poetry and prose written by the inmate women writers. In an evening performance February 26th, the men in Bowling Green, MO will perform their original piece, Hip Hop Hamlet.
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PPA's Leadership Transition — Christopher Limber Appointed Interim Artistic Director

Limber will succeed PPA’s Founder and Artistic Director, Agnes Wilcox, who will retire from the organization after two decades at the helm. Limber and Wilcox, who have been colleagues and collaborators in the St. Louis theater world for many years, will work together during a transition period during early 2015, with Limber taking the leadership role in March of that year.
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PPA Recognized by Backstage — 10 Arts Organizations That Change Lives

Fans of This American Life might know Prison Performing Arts from “Act V,” a popular 2002 episode chronicling its production of “Hamlet” in a high-security prison. For those who haven’t heard the show, PPA works with incarcerated juveniles and adults all over St. Louis and the surrounding areas, teaching teamwork, discipline, and creativity to those who need it most.
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