Dean is an alumnus of the Playwrights Ensemble at Chicago’s Victory Gardens Theater (winner of the 2001 Regional Theatre Tony Award), where four of his plays, Battle of The Bands, Expectations, Butler County and Gentrification have premiered. His plays have also been produced by the Tacoma Actors Guild, Addison Center Theatre and Stage #1 in Dallas, the Actors Theatre of St. Paul, Northlight Repertory, Missouri Repertory, New York Stageworks, the Wichita Center for the Arts and the Cape Cod Festival of New American Plays. His play, Threadheads (a musical for young audiences about Mother Jones and the child labor movement), was commissioned by The Theatre School and premiered by Chicago Playworks. It was subsequently presented at the Bonderman National Youth Theatre Playwriting Symposium. Dean served as Literary Manager for two seasons at the St. Nicholas Theatre Company. He currently serves on the advisory board of the Chicago Dramatists, and is also on the board of the Sansculottes Theater Company. He is a member of both the Dramatists Guild and Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of America.