2014 Diversity Conference

Michael Fosberg - Incognio
10:15 to 11:15 a.m.

Michael Fosberg photo.

Michael Fosberg. Michael’s one-man play, “Incognito,” is a striking, emotional performance that is likely to raise many questions from members of the audience, and promote discussions of race in entirely new ways. Here’s a link to a recent news report about Michael’s presentation, with candid discussion with the actor: http://www.erietvnews.com/story/24500927/one-man-show-offers-unique-perspective-onrace “Talking about race and inclusion can be so polarizing…my presentation helps foster more candid dialogue.” - Michael Fosberg Incognito IS NOT a webinar, PowerPoint, lecture, speaker or game/role playing presentation.

Incognito IS a dynamic & dramatic teaching tool. Award-winning actor/writer Michael Fosberg’s autobiographical play, Incognito, takes diversity training to a dramatically different level. His extraordinary story is engaging on a deeply personal level because it explores how quickly and easily perceptions can be challenged. After thirty years of thinking he was “white”, Michael uncovers his biological father and discovers he is “black”. The result is a deeply moving oneman performance that has broad-based appeal with corporate audiences.

In addition to performing his dramatic personal story in which he portrays more than a dozen
different characters from his life, Michael gently guides groups across topics the play exposes;
stereotypes, biases, micro-inequities, identity and more. Imagine discovering you are not the
person you thought you were. That you have a family, a history, an ethnicity you never knew.
How would this discovery impact your life, the lives of those around you, your vision of yourself
and society? Incognito is the story of Michael’s journey to uncover and discover himself, his
roots, his family, and the difficult history behind the tragic American complexity of "race".
Since 2001, Michael has performed Incognito throughout the country, inviting audiences to
question and discuss their thoughts on race and identity as he has come to question and
embrace his own. Incognito has been invited to arts venues, educational institutions,
corporations and government agencies, including Northwestern University, Penn State, the
Sundance Institute, NASA, the FBI, the U.S. Attorney's Office, the Social Security Administration,
the National Training Center for the U.S. Army at Ft. Irwin, and the Black Academy of Arts &
Letters. Michael’s desire to speak to even more people compelled him to publish his story in an
autobiographical novel, "Incognito: An American Odyssey of Race & Self-Discovery" (2011).
More about Michael and Incognito can be found online at
http://www.incognitotheplay.com/webdocuments/incognito_the_play_info.html