Fred Michael Beam is an internationally acclaimed dancer, actor, poet, educator, director, and choreographer for numerous stage, film, and television productions. He received the top Individual Artist Award of the 2006 Maryland State Arts Council Solo Theatrical Performance, the Lowes Leadership Award, and was named one of Essence magazine's "Real Men of the Year." His one-man show, Black Deaf Male: Who Am I?, features a dramatic and provocative vision of his life experience. His work was selected as a finalist for the Media Access Awards. He is currently executive director of Invisible Hands Inc., which promotes deaf awareness through the performing arts.