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.

2022 History

Artistic Director leadership change announced

Polyglot co-CEO Cat smiles while standing in front of a tree. Cat wears a green collared shirt. Her long hair is draped over her left shoulder. Photo: Theresa Harrison
  • In July, Polyglot announces that after 22 extraordinary years in the role, Sue Giles AM will step down from the position of Artistic Director and co-CEO at the end of 2022, in order to focus more on her significant international advocacy work.
  • On 3 October, Polyglot’s founder and friend, Naomi Tippett AM, passes away. We are all deeply saddened by this news. Naomi was with Polyglot every step of the way, engaged in and supportive of our ambitions, growth and changes. Many artists got their start in the industry with her, and all felt her care and interest. Vale Naomi.
  • On 27 October, Cat Sewell is announced as Polyglot’s next Artistic Director and co-CEO.
  • Polyglot delivers four premiere seasons: Bees at Abbotsford Convent; Sound Shadows at Cardinia Cultural Centre; When the World Turns, our collaboration with Oily Cart (UK) at Arts Centre Melbourne; and Pram People at Melbourne Museum for Melbourne Fringe.
  • Our accessible Paper Planet workshop tours to nine specialist and special development schools, supported by the Department of Education & Training Positive Start in 2022 initiative and the Strategic Partnerships Program.
  • The 2022 premiere season When the World Turns, our collaboration with Oily Cart (UK) and commissioned by Arts Centre Melbourne for Alter State, is nominated for a Green Room Award in Contemporary & Experimental Performance – Work for Children and Young Families.