Jack Dean

Jack Dean is a a writer, theatre-maker and poet currently based in York. His work blends spoken word, storytelling and theatre to make work inspired by modern mythologies and a fairly tale aesthetic.

His first theatre piece was Under Stokes Croft, a live graphic novel with stop motion animation. Both this and its follow-up, Threnody for the Sky Children, were commissioned by Bristol Ferment.

Threnody for the Sky Children is a modern fable that fused Ovid with the zombie apocalypse. The show won Best Production at the Reading Fringe Awards 2014 and was called “funny, wise and beautifully performed” by Exeunt.

This was followed by a commission from Camden People’s Theatre to create Camden on the Moon as part of 20:20 Vision. He was also writer on attachment with West Yorkshire Playhouse.

His most recent production is Grandad and the Machine, which will be touring throughout 2016 courtesy of a grant from the Unlimited Fund. He is also under commission from Stockton ARC and Barnsley Civic to create new children’s show Horace and the Yeti.

As a poet he has performed internationally at events and venues such as the prestigious Bowery Poetry Club in New York, Latitude Festival in Suffolk and the Radio 4 National Poetry Slam. He won an Ideastap Innovators Award in 2012, was nominated for a Poetry Can Award in 2013 and was Poet of the Month in October 2013 for Apples and Snakes, with whom he also toured the UK as part of their Public Address 2 tour with his spoken word show Rain.

He was co-editor of Rhyming Thunder, the first publication by Burning Eye Books, and his debut collection, Poems For Grown Up Children, was published in 2013.

For more information visit www.jackdean.co.uk.

“Artists like Jack Dean make us excited about what they might do next ”

The Guardian

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