About Us

 The Men of The Theatre Project perform "The Front Page" at Northeast Correctional Center // Photo by Nan Rochberg

The Men of The Theatre Project perform "The Front Page" at Northeast Correctional Center // Photo by Nan Rochberg

Prison Performing Arts is a multi-discipline, literacy and performing arts program dedicated to enriching the lives of youth and adults in Missouri’s criminal and juvenile justice systems. We foster individual and social change by providing incarcerated adults, justice-involved youth, and returning citizens with opportunities to participate in the arts as artists, students, and audience members. Participants learn creative and constructive ways to express emotions, build trust, and work in collaboration with one another. Our programs aim to improve literacy and communication skills, instill responsibility to self and others, and to promote non-violent expression of emotion.

Mission statement: Prison Performing Arts involves incarcerated youth and adults in the performing arts to inspire intellectual curiosity and personal development. We nurture the discipline, teamwork and communication skills necessary for successful re-entry into society. We encourage members of the larger community to connect personally with program participants, and we offer continuing programs for participants who have been released.

FACILITIES WE SERVE: City of St. Louis Medium Security Institution, Family Court’s Detention Alternatives Program, Hogan Street Regional Youth Center, Missouri Eastern Correctional Center, Northeast Correctional Center, St. Louis City Justice Center, St. Louis City Juvenile Detention Center, St. Louis County Juvenile Detention Center, and Women’s Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center.