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


don't miss PPA's Alumni Theatre Company — Sunday, Oct. 4th @ 2pm

In partnership with The Greater St. Louis Humanities Festival, join PPA for a free performance exploring how Shakespeare created community in Midsummer Mechanicals. In the wake of the death of Michael Brown we witnessed glimpses of the best and worst in humanity, from volunteerism and peaceful protesting by citizens seeking redress from their government...

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Support the PPA founder's fund — honoring our founder, Agnes wilcox

PPA founder, Agnes Wilcox, retired this spring, and PPA is in the midst of an important transition. Donate today to the PPA Founder's Fund in honor of Agnes Wilcox, and help PPA continue to provide opportunities for incarcerated adults and youth involved with the family court.

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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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