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Agnes Wilcox, Founding Artistic Director (1947-2017)

Agnes Wilcox held a B.A. in Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an M.A. in English from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, and an M.F.A. in Directing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She taught at New York University, the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center (Waterford, Connecticut), Webster University (St. Louis), and Washington University in St. Louis, where she was an adjunct faculty member for the last nineteen years. Agnes was a member of Equity, SAG and AFTRA. Agnes retired from Prison Performing Arts in 2016 and served as artistic director at Bread & Roses of Missouri at the time of her passing.

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Rachel Tibbetts, Artistic Director

Rachel Tibbetts has worked in arts education since 2000 as an Education Associate and Assistant Director of Education at the Delaware Theatre Company in Wilmington; and Arts Partners Program Administrator and Assistant Arts Education Director at Young Audiences of St. Louis. She been with PPA since 2005. Rachel received her B.A. in Theatre from Oklahoma State University. She is a graduate of the Community Arts Training Institute at the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission and the GoodMultiplier Fellowship; mobilizing women and people of color to lead change by promoting equity and civic engagement. Rachel is a member of the Slightly Askew Theatre Ensemble, a St. Louis area based professional theatre company committed to highlighting the work of womxn artists. Rachel works in the community as an actor and director, working with ERA Theatre, The Midnight Company, R-S Theatrics, YoungLiars, West End Players Guild, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, Tennessee Williams Festival, and Mustard Seed Theatre.

John Wolbers, Executive Director

Long-time PPA collaborator, John Wolbers (he/him), steps into the role of Executive Director bringing over fifteen years of experience in the non-profit world. Most recently, he served as the Producing Associate for Metro Theater Company where he navigated many facets of company management: from development and production to COVID safety protocols and education. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from Southwestern University in Texas, and is a respected director, administrator, educator, actor, and playwright. John is passionately dedicated to fostering diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, and support in the St. Louis arts community.

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Steven Knight

Board President

Director, COCAbiz, Retired

    April Foster 

Vice President

                                 Director of Programs, Center for Women in Transition                               

Melinda Ligon
Board Secretary
Community Volunteer


Jami Dolby
Director of Development, Maryville University


Edgar Evans
Union Chief Steward, Retired, Veterans Administration Hospital

Chris Harris
Manager, Blue Iguana

Evan Kuhn
Financial Advisor, Stifel

Matthew Mahaffey 
Assistant Public Defender

Jocelyn Matsuo 
Full Stack Developer, 1904Labs


Tara A. Nealey, Ph.D. 

Shareholder, Polsinelli

Phil Woodmore, PhD.

Founder/Executive Director, P. Woodmore Music