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


RSVP NOW for pacific prison performance — Thursday, Nov. 19th @ 1pm & 7pm

Created entirely by inmates at Missouri Eastern Correctional Center in Pacific, MO,
this dynamic, moving and funny original work explores the topic of mass incarceration in America. Public, in-prison performances are Thursday, November 19th. Each performance is followed by a Q&A with the participants. Pacific is only a half hour from St. Louis. RSVP by Nov. 11th at noon.

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Wardens see the behavioral changes: increased tolerance, self-confidence, social skills and commitment. The Missouri Director of Corrections, George Lombardi, says the impact—on participants and the broader prison culture—is so positive, he wants us in every Missouri prison.

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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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