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


RSVP NOW for spring 2016 prison performances — feb 18th and march 3rd

Join PPAand a group of rowdy sailors aboard a cargo ship during WWII in the Tony Award-winning play Mister Roberts performed at the men's prison in February. In March, the women in Vandalia will take you to a Naples carnival as they perform a story of love and betrayal in The Rover Part II. PPA's Spoken Word poets will recite original works following the show.
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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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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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