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


Support PPA — Individual donations make up one-third of our funding

Your financial support is crucial. Please consider a tax-deductible contribution as we end our fiscal year and prepare for the future.
Large or small, every contribution helps incarcerated young people and adults transform and rise through artistic expression.


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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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Going Home Album on PPA's Facebook Page — Thank You Attendees

PPA's July Going Home performances were a great success. Thank you to PPA guest Director Christopher Limber and writer Jerry McAdams for their dedication to the production and inmate actors. Please visit PPA on Facebook to see the production photos.

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