Dean began his professional acting career in 1997 after graduating with an honors degree in dramatic art and a degree in education from Queen's University at Kingston.
Over the past six years, Dean has worked extensively in theatre and television in both Canada and the United States. Selected theatre credits include Jonathan Larson's Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning musical "RENT" (Broadway company), "A Tribute to Broadway" (West Hampton Beach Performing Arts Center), "The Glace Bay Miner's Museum," "Twelfth Night" (Magnus Theatre), "The Shooting Stage" (The Shaw Festival/Buddies in Badtimes Theatre), "The Last Tasmanian" (Theatre New Brunswick), "Six Degrees of Separation," "West Side Story" (Theatre Aquarius), "Treasure Island" (Young People's Theatre), "Departures & Arrivals" (The Georgian Theatre Festival) and perfomances at the Rhubarb Festival and at The Second City, Toronto.
In addition to Dean's critically-acclaimed portrayal of "Blake" on Showtimes' "Queer As Folk," television credits include the role of Scotty Redfield on the Pax/Pebblehut network's production "Doc" opposite Billy Ray Cyrus, as well as appearances on Gene Rodenberry's "Earth: Final Conflict" and "Twice in a Lifetime." Dean has also been featured in many national and international commercials, including a series of spots with Bravo, Broadway on Broadway, Labatt's Blue, Ikea, and Tim Hortons.
Dean is currently celebrating his fifth year as the founder and school director of the Armstrong Acting Studio. He has also served as an on set acting coach for television shows and feature films, including the Alliance/Atlantis feature "Saint Ralph," directed by Mike Mcgowan and scheduled for theatre release in the spring of 2004, as well as Showtime's "Queer As Folk."
In 2004, Dean continues his fusion of arts and education as an international spokesperson for Youthquest!, an organization dedicated to preventative suicide measures for teens struggling with sexual identity crises.