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SUU Convocation to Explore Cultural Influences within the Philippines

Published: October 16, 2008 | Category: Special Events

As a part of Southern Utah University’s International Week, Giovanni Ortega will speak about “The Philippines: Politics, Religion, and the Arts” on Tuesday, October 21, at 11:30 a.m. in the SUU Auditorium Theater.

Ortega’s presentation is also part of the University’s Fall Convocation Lecture Series.

Growing up in the Philippines, Ortega’s life was deeply impacted by the politics, religions, racial diversity and arts of his homeland. As an accomplished actor and educator, he has been able to explore these formative themes more fully.

Since graduating from UCLA’s MFA Acting program, Ortega has been an instructor at the Asian American Theatre Workshop in San Francisco, the Youth Academy of Dramatic Arts and the Academy of Musical and Dramatic Arts.

As an actor he has extensive stage experience, including national tours, and his screen credits include everything from television shows CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and NBC’s Heroes to films such as Clint Eastwood’s Letters from Iwo Jima.

In Hollywood he worked with the nation’s pre-eminent Asian American theater troupe, the East West Players, where he portrayed dictatorial Filipino President Ferdinand Marcos in the world premiere production of Imelda.

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