Ashley Dean trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. He has created productions for a variety of companies and spaces.
His productions include: Iolanta (Operosa Opera Festival, Montenegro), Hans Werner Henze's Phaedra and Ein Landarzt, Hindemith's The Long Christmas Dinner and Lennox Berkeley's A Dinner Engagement (Guildhall School of Music and Drama), Lucia di Lammermoor (Clonter Opera), Carmen (Scottish Opera), Le Nozze di Figaro, Cosi Fan Tutte, La Clemenza di Tito, Ariadne auf Naxos, Benjamin Britten's Phaedra (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), L'incoronazione di Poppea, Trouble in Tahiti (Royal Danish Opera Academy), Albert Herring (Co.Opera Co.), Night Pieces - Jerwood Project (Glyndebourne/LPO), Peter Grimes (Surrey Opera), Twist and Shout (Il Palchetto -tour of Italy), The House of Bernarda Alba, The Dog Beneath the Skin (Cockpit Theatre, London), Hell and High Water, The Last Resort (Winner of Artistic Excellence Award - Mobarak Festival, Tehran) and A Christmas Carol (Strangeface Theatre, UK and International tours).
Ashley has worked on many opera productions by directors including Richard Jones, Nicholas Hytner, Graham Vick, David McVicar, Dmitri Tcherniakov, Nikolaus Lehnhoff and Deborah Warner. He has been on the directing staff at Glyndebourne, Garsington and English National Opera, and has revived productions in Chicago, Los Angeles, Tenerife and New Zealand.
Ashley regularly works with young singers in music conservatoires and young artist programmes in the UK and abroad including the Royal College of Music, the Royal Academy of Music, Oslo National Academy of the Arts, and the Royal Danish Opera Academy. He has led workshops for British Youth Opera and the Jette Parker Young Artists at the Royal Opera House, London.