For over two decades, we have helped prisoners, returning citizens, and
Justice-involved youth build Second Acts through engagement with the arts.


circle of trust workshop
with curt tofteland
of shakespeare behind bars

In cooperation with the Arts and Education Council and Shakespeare Behind Bars, we are pleased to present a new workshop coming to St. Louis this September:
We Know What We Are, But Not What We May Be. Restorative Circles of Reconciliation: Creating Circles of Creativity & Healing


Lisa Boyd documentary “the voice within” featured in
St. Louis filmmakers showcase

The Showcase screens works that are written, directed, edited, or produced by St. Louis residents or films and filmmakers with strong local ties. In “The Voice Within,” inmates at the women’s prison in Vandalia, MO participate in a two-week workshop and take an unforgettable journey into the depths of each other’s lives.

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join the celebration:
ppa annual bash
returns this september

Mark your calendars for our 2019 Annual Bash on September 5, 2019 at the beautiful Barnett on Washington. Join Prison Performing Arts in celebrating another amazing year of helping prisoners, returning citizens, and justice-involved youth build second acts through the arts.