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


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...


ACT V Fans: your Challenge

As you know, episode 218: Act V aired recently with updates about the men involved. I'm sure you were happy to hear some of the great stories of where these guys are now. Join other fans with a donation to the first Act V Fan Sponsored Prison Project. You'll also see a great video from Ira Glass and why he supports Prison Performing Arts.

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Grand Center theatre crawl
w/ ppa's alumni june 29-30th

Join St. Louis Public Radio for the finest offerings of the bustling St. Louis theater scene at the Grand Center Theater Crawl. Rotate through venues in Grand Center to get free access to 36 local theater groups in short performances. This event is free to attend and will include family-friendly performances on Saturday afternoon.