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...

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Shakespeare's classic Romance comes to life in a 75-minute one act at the Northeast Correctional Center on Thursday, October 18. The Banished Duke Prospero uses his magic for the last time to shipwreck his enemies upon his island prison. As he does and watches his daughter fall in love with a lost prince from Milan, he learns "The rarer action is / In virtue than in vengeance". RSVP deadline on Tuesday, October 2.


Join us the evening of Tuesday, Nov 20th at Urban Chestnut's Midtown location for drinks and conversation to celebrate the launch of PPA's YOUNG(ish) Friends initiative. As part of UCBC's Steins for Support, they'll donate a percentage of beverage sales from the evening to Prison Performing Arts.