Born and raised in Hawaii and graduated from Yale University, Dean Pitchford performed off- and on-Broadway (Godspell; Pippin) before turning to songwriting, screenwriting and directing.
Dean was nominated for four Academy Awards (winning the 1981 Best Song Oscar for "Fame," co-written w/ Michael Gore), three Golden Globes (winning for "Fame"), eight Grammys and two Tonys; his songs - recorded by such artists as Barbra Streisand, Whitney Houston, Cher, Peter Allen, LL Cool J, Kenny Loggins, Hugh Jackman, Dolly Parton, Bette Midler and Martina McBride - have sold over 70 million records.
The musical stage adaptation (w/ Walter Bobbie) of his original screenplay for Footlooseran for more than seven hundred performances on Broadway and is now seen all over the world. Dean also provided the lyrics for "Carrie, the Musical" which was first produced in 1988 by the Royal Shakespeare Company - first in England and then on Broadway - and was then revived in 2012 by New York's MCC Theater. Major productions have recently been seen in London (Southwark Playhouse) and Los Angeles (The Los Angeles Theatre).