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You pioneered the creation of a theater in New Africa House in 2016... 

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... and moved into the beautifully renovated performance space in 2018.

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Happy 20th  Birthday  Brown Paper Studio!

You were born in 2002 in South Africa on the walls of a beautiful Cape Town apartment hosting students and artists in creativity workshops.

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Our first  logo!

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You sprouted roots at the University of the Western Cape in 2004 as an extracurricular offering for college students who got excited and offered you at Glendale Secondary School as an after-school program.

You brought people together at youth development programs, union offices, corporate gatherings, consulting workshops and retreats in South Africa.

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PLAY

You were nurtured by Iya Judyie and

her son, Muhammad Salim.

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DREAM

You travelled literally around the world, visiting

ten countries and circumnavigating

the globe as a Theater course on

a 2007 Semester at Sea voyage.

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INSPIRE

Happy

Birthday,

BPS!

You flourished in the United States as

an Applied Theater offering at the University

of Massachusetts Amherst since 2013 and

once again college students also got

excited and offered you at a high school,

Springfield Conservatory for the Arts.

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You welcomed another generation of young artists with Xavier Coetzee’s Brown Paper Studios initiative in Cape Town.

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UNITY

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You evolved as an arts intervention in Darius Taylor’s 2019 Wrong Answer Project, an initiative to bring equity and community voices

to high stakes testing.

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In 2023 Darius received his PhD in the field of Research, Educational Measurement & Pyschometrics. Congratulations Dr. D!

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Bravo!

You traveled to Ghana in 2019 as a pilot program at Osu Presbyterian Secondary School, enthusiastically received by overflow rooms of eager students.

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You became a US trademarked methodology for education and leadership training in 2017.

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INNOVATE

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You are a 2022 capstone project for Sabine Jacques Master’s in International Education Brown Paper Studio: A Pedagogy for Healing and Student Agency.

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Congrats, Sabine!

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You are generating a documentary film about your first twenty years entitled Radical Presence: The Life and Times of Brown Paper Studio.

Sovereign

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creative

Now’s the time to gather your folks spread all over the world to tell your remarkable story. 

Keep Growin’!

Keep Shinin’!

The Best is Yet to Come!

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For more information on the history, practice and people of Brown Paper Studio: 

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