Dean is a multi-award winning theatre director and writer. His Melbourne Theatre Company credits include Torch the Place, Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Lady in the Van, Wild, An Ideal Husband, Vivid White, Born Yesterday, Skylight, I’ll Eat You Last and Next to Normal.
He directed the triumphant debut production Sweet Charity for Hayes Theatre Company (Helpmann and Sydney Theatre awards – Best Director of a Musical), and Little Shop of Horrors for the same producers (Luckiest/Tinderbox). More recently he directed Assassins for Hayes Theatre Company (staged at Sydney Opera House).
Other credits include Two Weddings One Bride for Opera Australia, Anything Goes for Opera Australia/GFO, Once We Lived Here (Kings Head Theatre, London and 45DS), DreamSong (Theatreworks), Straight (Red Stitch), Hansel and Gretel (OzOpera), for The Production Company; Jerry’s Girls, La Cage Aux Folles, The Pirates of Penzance and (co-direction of) The Producers and Anything Goes, The Last Five Years, Prodigal (45DS), Once We Lived Here (45DS) and Virgins: A Musical Threesome (CUB Malthouse, NYMF).
He created the verbatim theatre piece Gaybies, a hit of the Midsumma Festival and directed the Sydney premiere for Darlinghurst Theatre Company.
With composer Mathew Frank he has written the musicals My Brilliant Career (Monash/Pratt Foundation), Prodigal (off-Broadway season, York Theatre, Green Room award– Best Original Score), Once We Lived Here(Green Room award – Best New Musical, NYC and London seasons), Virgins: A Musical Threesome and The Silver Donkey as well as the songs for the Amy Winehouse musical episode of Channel 10’s Mr and Mrs Murder.
His cabaret credits as writer/director include Show People, Britney Spears: The Cabaret, Rhonda Burchmore’s Vinyl Viagra, Liza (on an E) (West End season), In Vogue: Songs By Madonna (Edinburgh Fringe), Sweet Dreams: Songs by Annie Lennox (Adelaide Fringe Award – Best Cabaret), I’m Every Woman (Sydney Theatre Award – Best Cabaret), Newley Discovered, Experiment: Cole Porter and Josie in the Bathhouse.
He is Worldwide Associate Director of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert – The Musical and is a graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.