PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Area residents interested in gaining insight into such issues as race, identity, diversity and stereotypes are invited to Owens Community College as nationally-recognized writer/actor Michael Fosberg presents the theatrical performance “Incognito” on the academic institution’s Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Jan. 30-31.
Fosberg’s performance is being presented in conjunction with the College’s celebration of Black History Month. The theatrical presentation and open discussion will begin at 2 p.m. on Wednesday (Jan. 30) in the College’s Audio/Visual Classroom Center Rooms 125-128 on the Toledo-area Campus. A second performance by Fosberg will occur at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday (Jan. 31) in the Education Center Room 111 on the Findlay-area Campus. Owens’ Toledo-area Campus is located on Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township, while the Findlay-area Campus is located on Bright Road in Findlay. Admission to both events is free and the public is encouraged to attend.
During the performance, Fosberg will inhabit over a dozen characters as he masterfully tells the true story of finding his biological father. Raised in a working-class white family, Fosberg discovers at age 32 that his father is actually African-American. Fosberg’s performance is intended to challenge audiences to carefully examine their own assumptions about others. Each performance will be followed by an open discussion led by Fosberg.
Fosberg began to study acting, directing and writing at the University of Minnesota. While attending college, he founded the Small Change Original Theater, producing, writing, directing and conducting workshops for children throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota.
A move to Los Angeles in the late 1980s had him appearing in television and film, while continuing his work with young students as the Director of Education for the Living Library Theatre, a Stage Combat Instructor at the Buckley School and a Teacher/Director for the South Coast Repertory’s Young Actor’s Conservatory Program. Fosberg also worked as a guest artist at the Sundance Institute’s Summer Residency Program, teaching educators how to utilize drama in the classrooms.
Since 2000, Fosberg has been touring his autobiographical solo-show “Incognito”. His one-person theatrical production has made appearances at colleges and universities, high schools, performing arts centers, festivals and theaters across the country, including at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles, the Missouri Repertory Theatre in Kansas City and Illinois Theatre Center in Park Forest, Ill.