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


For his infinite contributions to society, and his great big heart, we celebrate danny.

Prison Performing Arts is deeply saddened by the passing of 13-year board veteran, Daniel H. Kohl. Danny's unwavering dedication to social justice, civil rights, education and the environment is unmatched. We miss him enormously, but we know his lifetime of achievements will continue to benefit our world for generations. Thank you, Danny, for putting your heart and soul into PPA participants for so many years. We miss you. We love you.
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Wardens see the behavioral changes: increased tolerance, self-confidence, social skills and commitment. The Missouri Director of Corrections, George Lombardi, says the impact—on participants and the broader prison culture—is so positive, he wants us in every Missouri prison.

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RSVP quickly for summer prison performances in Bowling green and vandalia.

The women in Vandalia have taken on a new adaptation of Animal Farm developed by the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago. Witness the rise and fall of the revolutionary animals through the lens of our history in this moving, often humorous biting version of the Orwell Classic.The men at NECC are gearing up for part II of Mister Roberts, a rowdy, realistic saga of American sailors.   
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