2013 Grand Center Visionary Award Honoree Agnes Wilcox
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Listen to Agnes Wilcox of PPA at the Ethical Society of Saint Louis.
Hear Prison Performing Arts Featured on This American Life with Ira Glass.
Original artwork by artist and PPA cast member M.X. Campbell at Northeast Correctional Center in Bowling Green, MO.
M.X. created this piece for the Prison Performing Arts 2012 performances of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest starring the Men of The Theatre Company.
Prison Performing Arts is a 21-year-old, multi-discipline, literacy and performing arts program that serves incarcerated adults and children at St. Louis City Juvenile Detention Center, Hogan Street Regional Youth Center, Northeastern Correctional Center (NECC) in Bowling Green, MO, Women's Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center (WERDCC) in Vandalia, MO and Missouri Eastern Correctional Center (MECC) in Pacific, MO.
Prison Performing Arts involves incarcerated youth and adults in the performing arts to inspire intellectual curiosity and personal development. We nurture the discipline, teamwork and communication skills necessary for successful re-entry into society. We encourage members of the larger community to connect personally with program participants, and we offer continuing programs for participants who have been released.
Belated Birthday Bash
for the Bard!
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Upcoming Prison Performances - RSVP DEADLINES
The Front Page, Act II
by Ben Hecht & Charles MacArthur
artwork by M.X. Campbell
Starring the Men of The Theatre Project
Thursday, June 27th, 2013
5:20pm check-in, 6pm performance
Northeast Correctional Center (NECC)
Bowling Green, MO
RSVP DEADLINE: Monday, June 10th
CLICK HERE TO RSVP
A set of four one-act plays
by Ben Heather Dundas & David Ives
and Spoken Words
Starring the Vandalia Women's Theatre
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Matinee: 12:40 check-in/1pm performance
Evening: 5:40pm check-in/6pm performance
Vandalia, MO (WERDCC)
RSVP DEADLINE: Friday, June 18th
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Two Chances to see PPA in Shake38
Friday, April 19th, 2013
Macbeth @ 4pm Hamlet @ 8pm
Youth Performance PPA's Alumni Theatre Company
Juvenile Detention Center The Penthouse at Plush
3847 Enright Avenue 3224 Locust Street
St. Louis, MO 63108 St. Louis, MO 63103
RSVP is required to enter the JDC for Macbeth. You must be at least 18 years old to attend. RSVP to email@example.com. No RSVP necessary for Hamlet.
Join PPA as we celebrate the Shakespeare Festival St. Louis' 38-play marathon reading/performance of Shakespeare's entire canon of plays. For more information on Shake38, including performances of the 36 other plays, please Click Here.
2013 Spring Hip Hop Poetry Project
Saturday, March 23rd
7pm (6:30pm check-in)
An Evening of Poetry, Design & Dance
by the young people at the
St. Louis City Juvenile Detention Center
RSVP is Required
Join Us - Click Here to RSVP
by Mary Zimmerman
Saturday, April 6th @ 11am
Three scenes performed by
PPA's Alumni Theatre Company
Central Library, Auditorium
1301 Olive Street, 63101
Free, No RSVP required
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Prison Performing Arts in the Riverfront Times!
New Prison Performing Arts Workshop Helps Inmates Prepare for Life Beyond Bars
The RSVP deadline has passed for this performance.
Scenes by Mary Zimmerman, Patricia Prewitt & Heather Nelson
Based on Ovid's Metamorphoses translated by David Slavitt
and Spoken Words Starring
The Vandalia Women's Theatre
Thursday, February 14th
12:45pm check-in / 1:15pm performance
5:45pm check-in / 6:15pm performance
WERDCC, Vandalia, MO
Attendees need to complete and submit security forms for this facility by the RSVP deadline. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone to 314-289-4190.
Summer Hip Hop Poetry Project
November 13th, 2012
1:15pm and 6:15pm
A group of men at Missouri Eastern Correctional Center will soon embark on their journeys home. Join PPA in exploring their feelings about the road ahead.
This Is Not A Small Voice: Underground Resistance Poetry
Sunday, August 12, 2012 @1pm
Thursday, July 19th
1:15pm (12:45pm check-in) OR
6:15pm (5:45pm check-in)
Based on the Myths of Ovid
Written and originally directed
by Mary Zimmerman
The Vandalia Women's Theatre
Women's Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and
**The RSVP deadline has passed.**
In the News
Staging Reflections of the Buddha on stltoday.com
Ex-cons, homeless vets aim at enlightenment through Buddhist art in St. Louis
HIP HOP Poetry Project w/ Jessica Care Moore
Our Revolution Will Not Be Televised - Play the audio below
Staging Reflections of the Buddha SOLD OUT
Free Performances February 23rd - March 10th
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Staging Reflections of the Buddha is presented in collaboration with PPA, St. Patrick Center, Employment Connection and the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts. Staging Reflections of the Buddha is a series of 13 live theatrical performances for three weekends in February and March. Former prisoners and veterans, who have been trained in theatre arts will guide the audience through the galleries, moving among the artworks in the Pulitzer’s current exhibition, Reflections of the Buddha. Five months of intense training and study led by Prison Performing Arts artistic director Agnes Wilcox culminates in these performances, which come to life with the actors’ personal experiences. Click Here to make your reservation.
The Photography Project
In Fall 2007, Mel Watkin of The Photography Project at the Public Policy Research Center at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, in partnership with Prison Performing Arts, taught photography to a group of incarcerated juveniles. These photographers documented Prison Performing Arts classes at Detention--Capoeira, Acting, West African drumming and Afro-Caribbean dance-- and photographed scenes of life in Detention. Now the entire 8 year collection of the Photography Project has gone live. Click here to explore...
Read about our production of A Midsummer Night's Dream
in Performing New Lives
edited by Jonathan Shailor
published in England
by Jessica Kingsley Publishing
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For a video about this book click here
Donating to Prison Performing Arts just got Easier!
You can now support Prison Performing Arts several different ways. You can set up an automatic recurring monthly gift, or pay directly online. Click here for more information.