Lies, Lies and Propaganda

Founded in 2014, Lies, Lies and Propaganda creates theatre that is messy, colourful and provocative. Theatre that is not afraid to draw blood, be art, or rejoice in its theatricality. Theatre that does more than reinforce stereotypes or preach to the choir. Sometimes we'll fail, but we're always going to try.

michael dean

Michael has directed seventeen productions so far, in Sydney and overseas. He is founder and co-artistic director of Lies, Lies and Propaganda, and has directed and co-produced all Lies productions to date. Michael's work frequently involves new and devised work, close collaborations with other artists, and bonkers twists on classic tales. Recent examples include a new version of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol last Christmas at KXT (written by Melissa Lee Speyer); Bluebeard; or the Marriage Mistakes of a Nameless Bride, created with Curly Fernandez for the men's toilet at Bondi Pavilion (Bondi Feast, 2017); and Bicycle(Adelaide Fringe and the Old Fitz, 2016), written and performed by Danielle Baynes. Michael is also an Associate Artist with bAKEHOUSE Theatre Co., for which he assistant directed Jatinga (2017) and His Dark Materials (ATYP, 2014), directed Love Field (TAP Gallery, 2013) and stage managed Great Expectations (ATYP, 2012). Michael studied Theatre Arts at Brown University in the United States, graduating in 2009.

Danielle baynes

Danielle Baynes is an actor, writer and director based in Sydney. Danielle is a WAAPA graduate and has studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, London and the Stella Adler Academy, New York. As a playwright, Danielle premiered her first show Bicycle at the Adelaide Fringe Festival 2016 to critical acclaim and then went on to have a successful Sydney season at the iconic Old Fitz Theatre. Danielle co-wrote and directed short film Cold Hearts. The script, co-written with Yolanda Ramke, was nominated for a 2016 Australian Writers Guild Award.  


Jasper Garner Gore is an actor, writer and dramaturg who works and lives in Sydney, where he has been based for the past six years. Recent performance credits include The Chapel Perilous (New Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (Sydney Shakespeare Company), The Cherry Orchard (New Theatre), Roadkill Confidential (Lies, Lies & Propaganda), The Ishmael Club (Bakehouse Theatre Company in association with Red Line Productions), Zeroville (Lies, Lies & Propaganda), The Big Funk (Suspicious Woman Productions) and Amadeus (Genesian Theatre Company). In 2016 Jasper co-created Orpheus with Michael Dean and assisted with the development of a new adaptation of The Picture of Dorian Gray written by Nathan Farrow. He has studied regularly with The Hub Studio, and with Alexander Technique practitioner Mary Cerny.