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


Join us for the spring Hip Hop Poetry Project — Saturday, march 21st at 7pm

Prison Performing Arts and Family Court-Juvenile Division present The Four Pillars of Hip Hop: an evening of dance and original poetry performed by the young people at the St. Louis City Juvenile Detention Center. This is the culminating event of a week-long residency where youth are engaged in writing, performance, design and dance classes. RSVP is required, and you must be at least 18 to enter.
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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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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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