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.


About Us

Polyglot Theatre is a world-renowned contemporary theatre company based in Melbourne/Naarm 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.

A Paper Planet production photo. An adult holds their child, and they clap together. Other children and adults sit near them, clapping as well. Photographer: Sarah Walker

We advocate for the right of all children to experience arts and culture, and promote the importance of young people as a discerning audience from the earliest years. 

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 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.

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.

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.