For over two decades, we have helped prisoners, former prisoners, and Justice-involved 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 PPA ALUMNI COMPANY WRITES "KEPT AWAY" FOR THE ST. LOUIS PUBLIC LIBRARY

In Fall 2018, the PPA Alumni Company began work on writing a new play, Kept Away, designed for family audiences. Kept Away has been commissioned by PPA's long-time collaborator the St. Louis Public Library.

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.