The PPA Alumni Theatre Company
PPA’s first adult actors returned to St. Louis in 2005; PPA immediately established an Alumni Theatre Company to offer a constructive outlet for their energies and offer connections to organizations that provide re-entry services like Project Cope and the Center for Women in Transition.
PPA’s Alumni Theatre Company, the only prison alumni theatre company in the United States, is currently made up of former inmates now living in the St. Louis area who worked with PPA while incarcerated. This program provides kinship, stability and a creative outlet as members re-establish themselves in the community. Director of Education Rachel Tibbetts works with the Alumni Theatre Company to develop scenes and monologues for performance at various community events, investing their time and energy in constructive work.
The company is thriving, as evidenced by a number of high profile gigs in 2013, including the Greater St. Louis Humanities Festival, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis' Shake38, and Grand Center’s inaugural First Friday Theatre Crawl at St Louis Public Radio.
The group meets on a regular basis, in order to develop new material, focus on skills development, and become a source of support to newly released women and men. A new facet of Alumni Theatre Company classes and rehearsals will be visits from guest artists, who will work with company members on various aspects of theatre practice, such as voice & diction, movement, and design/stagecraft. With a more consistent rehearsal and performance schedule, the Alumni Theatre Company is becoming a distinctive community outreach effort for PPA.
Contact Rachel Tibbetts at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to schedule a performance from the PPA Alumni Theatre Company.