Artist Bio

Fred Michael Beam

(Bio as of February 2003)

Fred Michael Beam most recently appeared at the Goodman in By the Music of the Spheres during the 2002/2003 Season. His acting credits include Harry in Harry the Dirty Dog at Bethesda Academy of Performing Arts; Witness in Miracle Workers and Stranger in Mad Dancer at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.; Fall Out Shelter, The Dirt Maker and The Underachiever at the Kennedy Center; the title character in Othello at Gallaudet University; and Steve in A Streetcar Named Desire at Sign­Rise Cultural Arts in Washington, D.C. He also performs in his one-man shows, Fred Michael Beam: Sign Me a Story and Black, Deaf Male: Who Am I?, which tour nationwide. He was a member of I Didn’t Hear That Color, the first black deaf play ever produced. His television and film credits include The West Wing, Secret Dream, Little Lonely Monster; Deaf Mosaic and The New Captain Kangaroo, for which he won the 2000 Media Access Award. As a dancer, director and choreographer, Mr. Beam has worked with Gallaudet Dance Company, National Deaf Dance Theatre, DuPont Dance Company and Penn Vision Dance Company. He has performed around the globe, including Egypt, the Virgin Islands, Australia, Africa, Japan and Jamaica. He is currently an executive director of In­visible Hands, Inc. which promotes deaf awareness through performing arts and was a founding member of The Wild Zappers, an all deaf male dance company. Mr. Beam is also a board member of Quest for Arts, Inc., the Governor’s Ad­visory Committee on Careers in the Arts for People with Disabilities in Maryland and a former president of District of Columbia Black Deaf Advocates.

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