Polyglot Theatre is a world-renowned contemporary theatre company based in Melbourne making exceptional arts experiences for children and families.
Our unique brand of theatre encompasses a wide variety of forms and is shared with audiences everywhere, from the world’s most prestigious theatres to the football grounds of regional Australia.
We are committed to advocating for the right of all children to experience arts and culture, promoting the importance of children as a discerning audience from a young age.
Polyglot’s artistic and philosophical approach of child-centred practice has earned us a strong reputation at home and abroad as a leader in the Theatre for Young Audiences sector, celebrated for creating distinctive, participatory works that are playful and conceptually rigorous. Access is central to our work at Polyglot, driven by the right of all children to experience growth and resilience through creative play.
Polyglot’s founder, Naomi Tippett, first received funding in 1978 to create a multilingual puppetry work that gave the company its name. In 2000, Sue Giles became Artistic Director, leading the company through a transformation to participatory practice across a range of artforms. Over her 22 years, Sue created bold, playful interactive experiences, immersive theatre productions, and collaborative projects with communities.
Polyglot has never veered from its ambition to bring theatre and creativity to children with the least access, and continues blazing this trail under the creative leadership of Cat Sewell, who commenced as Artistic Director and co-CEO in January 2023. Sue is still deeply connected with Polyglot as an artist, collaborator and friend, as well as advocating for the TYA sector globally in her role as President of ASSITEJ International. Naomi remained a staunch supporter of Polyglot until her death in 2022.
Polyglot’s people are core to everything we do, and essential to achieving our mission.
Polyglot places children at the heart of our art. Our vision is of a world where all children are powerful: artistically, socially and culturally.
Polyglot facilitates opportunities and experiences for children to play, create and lead.
Access & Equity
All children have the right to access art and creativity. Polyglot is committed to ensuring we reach the broadest audiences with safety and care.
These projects centralise children and their world view as the drivers of new, specific works of art.
Polyglot’s Story Map is a special corner of our website where everyone who has created and played with us can share their favourite memories of the company.
Polyglot was founded in 1978, and our rich history has shaped the company we are today.
See Polyglot’s Annual Reports from 2018-2020.
Polyglot’s policies are vital in maintaining our healthy and happy workplace culture.