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.


Professional Development

Designed for educators and practitioners who work with children.

A professional development photo. Artists sit around a long piece of brown paper on a wooden floor, drawing.

Polyglot’s professional development workshops introduce our distinctive philosophy and process, and focus on child-led practice; how the adult can facilitate authentic agency and become the learner, participant and observer.

Polyglot artists guide participants through highly interactive and collaborative exercises, inviting them to experiment with instinctive, sensory approaches and transformative environments. This exploration sees them develop new skills and ideas, and expand on ways of seeing and being with children. Participants also gain a deeper understanding of how to interpret and build on the responses from all children; neurodivergent and neurotypical children, and children with disability.

Polyglot’s professional development workshops shift perspectives and reinvigorate the child/adult relationship. They can be tailored around subjects or topics of interest, or for specific cohorts, and can be offered in-person or online. 

We work with tertiary education institutions, both students and educators. We regularly engage in creative exchange with other arts organisations, for our staff and artists’ development.

Partners who have engaged our professional development workshops span the arts, education, health and social services. They include:


Barking Gecko Theatre (WA)
CapFest and Starlight Children’s Foundation Australia (NSW)
City of Greater Dandenong (VIC)
Connie Benn Centre (VIC)
Drama Victoria
Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria


Art Space for Kids (ASK), China
Big Mouse, Macau City Fringe Festival
Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, Singapore
HK 5 Senses Education Theatre (Hong Kong)
NYU Abu Dhabi
Segerstrom Center for the Arts (USA)

  • "The professional development session was incredibly valuable. The teaching artists who were there have already commented on how they want to incorporate some of these practices into their own work, and the staff, including myself, who attended, can also see many ways to utilize the concepts [Polyglot] showed us."

    Bethany Umbach, Senior Manager, Education Programs, Segerstrom Center for the Arts (USA), 2024

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