The Wild Zappers

The Wild Zappers

Performing in the 2013 Green Show Thursday, September 26 and Saturday, September 28.

This is their second season in the OSF Green Show.

A jazz/funk/hip-hop, deaf dance troupe.

Invisible Hands International's own dance companies , The Wild Zappers (all deaf male dance company) and National Deaf Dance Theater (mainstreamed dance company), were established in 1989. They are internationally acclaimed and performed all over the world. Their mission is to promote deaf awareness through performing arts. Its director is Fred Michael Beam. Wild Zappers, mostly Jazz/Funk/Hip-Hop dancers, have a wide variety of performance experience and theatre affiliations.  The Wild Zappers have appeared at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, Miss Deaf DC, Deaf Way II, and numerous government agencies.  Around the country, they have performed at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, Imagination Celebration in Fort Worth, Texas, Walt Disney World, and Deaf festivals in many states.  They have also toured Japan, Jamaica and the Virgin Islands, and visited Brisbane, Australia for the World Federation of the Deaf.

Fred M. Beam is a professional actor, dancer, choreographer, director and producer who currently lives in Washington, D.C.  For numerous years, he has provided artistic direction and an outlet for deaf artists of all colors, ages and professional backgrounds by recruiting artists and performers and establishing partnerships with various performing art, visual art and media companies through Invisible Hands International, an award winning non-profit organization that promotes Deaf culture awareness through arts and entertainment.

The Wild Zappers on Community: The mission of Invisible Hands is to promote cultural awareness through arts and entertainment within deaf communities; recruit artists and performers and establish partnerships with performing arts, visual arts and media communities; educate deaf and hard of hearing through workshops related to arts, theatre and dance; provide opportunities and services for deaf and hard of hearing people to get professional training and employment related to arts and entertainment; sponsor a variety of fundraising activities to raise money to spearhead programs and events specially designed to benefit the deaf and hard of hearing as well.