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...

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Shakespeare's classic Romance comes to life in a 75-minute one act at the Northeast Correctional Center on Thursday, October 18. The Banished Duke Prospero uses his magic for the last time to shipwreck his enemies upon his island prison. As he does and watches his daughter fall in love with a lost prince from Milan, he learns "The rarer action is / In virtue than in vengeance". RSVP deadline on Tuesday, October 2.


bash tickets on sale now

Join Prison Performing Arts Thursday, September 27th at the Missouri History Museum for our 2018 Bash celebration. This year's Bash includes an incredible auction, live music, and a short clip from our featured documentary.