January 18, 2013

Owens Community College Presents Free ‘Incognito’ Theatrical Performances on Diversity, Jan. 30-31

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.

For additional information about the performance, call (567) 661-7583 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7583, or (567) 429-3029 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 3029.

Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit www.owens.edu.