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Charlotte Dean (left) at the premiere of Charlotte's Shorts at The Groundlings, 2014
Charlotte Dean

(1982-09-29) September 29, 1982 (age 39)
California, United States
Occupation Writer, Director, Producer, Visual Artist
Years active 2006–present

Charlotte Dean is a writer, illustrator, and visual artist known for writing and co-directing the show Charlotte's Shorts, along with Emmy award writer, director, and producer Tracy Newman.

Early life and education

Dean was born on September 29, 1982, in Los Angeles, California. to Tracy Newman and James F. Dean, an actor, photographer, and graphic designer. She is also niece of Laraine Newman American comedian, actress, voice artist, writer, and original SNL cast member. She grew up surrounded by the performing arts, spending much of her time as a child at the improvisational and sketch comedy troupe and school The Groundlings seeing her mother performing and teaching with the troupe formed by Gary Austin in 1974.

Dean is an alumna of Marlborough School, Los Angeles High School of the Arts, Bard College, and Cornish College of the Arts, from which she graduated summa cum laude.


Dean began writing when she was a child, inspired by her father. After finishing high school she traveled to Mexico City, where she worked as a muralist and continued to write. Her visual artwork has been shown in Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, and Mexico City. Some of her work is part of the Ryan James Fine Arts gallery collection in Kirkland, Washington. She started her blog Charlotte's Shorts in 2008 while in France with her husband, Ro Reyes. In 2014, she made her short stories into a 90-minute show directed by Dean and her mother, Tracy Newman. The show's most recent production in Los Angeles was on October 28, 2014, at The Groundlings, with her aunt, Laraine Newman. Charlotte's Shorts was also performed at the SF Sketchfest on January 31, 2015.

Dean also writes and illustrates the My Crazy Baby Brother children's book series.

Personal life

Dean lives in Seattle, Washington with her husband. Together with her mother she runs a production company called Run Along Home Productions. Her son Logan was born in August 2017.

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