Prison Performing Arts (PPA) is a multi-discipline, literacy and performing arts program serving youth and adults in the Missouri criminal and juvenile justice systems. We currently serve youth at St. Louis City Juvenile Detention Center (JDC); St. Louis County Juvenile Detention Center; Hogan Street Regional Youth Center, a secure care residential program for convicted juveniles operated by Missouri's Division of Youth Services; the Family Court's Detention Alternatives Program (DAP); and juveniles certified as adults and young adults at St. Louis City Justice Center.
We serve adults at three Missouri state prisons: Northeast Correctional Center (NECC) at Bowling Green, Women's Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center (WERDCC) at Vandalia, and Missouri Eastern Correctional Center (MECC) at Pacific. Adult programs also include The Alumni Theatre Company, comprising justice-involved adults in the St. Louis area who participated in the Theatre Projects while incarcerated.
PPA is the only organization in Missouri with the specific mission of creating and presenting performing arts in both correctional and juvenile institutions.