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


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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Original Cast Members Discuss Act V from This American Life — Tuesday, Nov. 18th @ 6:30pm

Join us at The Chapel for an intriguing discussion with original cast members and Artistic Director Agnes Wilcox, as we look back at The Hamlet Project that gained national attention from the one-hour documentary, Act V, on This American Life. Don't miss this opportunity to hear how it all started, how it affected the lives of the men involved, and how the program has evolved over the years.
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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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