About Us

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. From the year 2000 under the Artistic Direction of Sue Giles, Polyglot moved away from a specific art form to create bold, playful interactive experiences, immersive theatre productions, and collaborative projects with communities who have limited access to the arts. Naomi is still a staunch supporter of Polyglot, and the company has never veered from its ambition to bring theatre and creativity to children with the least access.

Polyglot People

Polyglot’s people are core to everything we do, and essential to achieving our mission.

Artistic Ethos

Polyglot places children at the heart of our art. Our vision is of a world where all children are powerful: artistically, socially and culturally.

Impact

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.

Kids Collaborations

These projects centralise children and their world view as the drivers of new, specific works of art.

Story Map

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.

History

Polyglot was founded in 1978, and our rich history has shaped the company we are today.

Annual Reports

See Polyglot’s Annual Reports from 2018-2020.

Policies

Polyglot’s policies are vital in maintaining our healthy and happy workplace culture.

Acknowledgment of country

Polyglot acknowledges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we live and create, and we pay our respects to Elders past and present. For more than 65,000 years, children and families have created and played here, and we are grateful to make our art on this country too.