For over two decades, we have helped prisoners, former prisoners, and incarcerated youth build Second Acts through engagement with the arts.

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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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The story continues

PPA’s Alumni Theatre Company, one of the only prison alumni theatre companies in the United States, is currently made up of former inmates now living in the St. Louis area who worked with PPA while incarcerated. This program provides kinship, stability and a creative outlet as members re-establish themselves in the community. 

YOUNG FRIENDS of PPA

We believe that incarcerated people can become productive citizens. We believe that recidivism is not inevitable. We believe the arts are the secret.