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2Pac: The Theatre, 1983.

While most know 2Pac for his music, he also acted in movies and wrote poetry. One might think that the artistry just came natural to Tupac, which might be the case to some degree, but he also had his fair share of training before getting roles in movies such as “Poetic Justice” and “Juice”.

He was a mere 12-years old when he enrolled in Harlem’s 127th Street Repertory Ensemble and was cast as ‘Travis Younger’ in the play “A Raisin in the Sun”. A role which he performed after turning 13, at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, to raise funds for Jessie Jackson’s presidential campaign.

After his family moved to Baltimore in 1986, Tupac spent two years at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School before transferring to the Baltimore School for the Arts. There, he studied acting, poetry, jazz, and ballet, performing in Shakespeare plays and starring as ‘the Mouse King’ in the ballet “The Nutcracker”. It was also at the Baltimore School for the Arts that he met his very dear friend Jada Pinkett (Smith).