Our 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 (TYA) sector, celebrated for creating distinctive, participatory and inclusive 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 and to be captivated by, and inspired through, experiencing the arts.
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.