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


Join us to honor ppa founder agnes wilcox — thursday, may 7th 6-9pm

PPA founder Agnes Wilcox has taught and directed in prisons for over two decades. Join us at the Centene Center for Arts and Education Thursday, May 7th for an evening in celebration of her work and the organization she founded, Prison Performing Arts. The evening includes drinks and appetizers, a performance by PPA's Alumni Theatre Company and guest speakers.
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ppa's Alumni Theatre Company in shake 38 — join us Sunday, April 26th @ 7:30pm

Members of PPA's Alumni Theatre Company, directed by Rachel Tibbetts & Ellie Schwetye, will present a collection of scenes and monologues from Shakespeare's works that reference the moon. Join us on the balcony at the Centene Center for Arts & Education for a free, 30 minute performance under the moon. This performance is part of Shakespeare Festival St. Louis' SHAKE 38.   
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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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