The Generator

The Generator is Polyglot’s unique approach to artistic development, formalising the vital collaborative relationship between Polyglot and our core artists.

The Generator expands the company’s artistic voice by inviting our core artists to engage strongly in our vision; creating leadership opportunities and developing new child-led creative ideas from our designers, sound artists and theatre makers. The program creates opportunities for Polyglot’s core artists to take the lead in the development of new work, undertake artistic leadership roles, represent Polyglot at conferences, deliver training and mentorship to artists and educators, and to receive professional development opportunities within the company. It develops and invests in artists trained in Polyglot’s distinctive and internationally-renowned child-led practice, led by Artistic Director Sue Giles.

The Generator is a long-term commitment to Polyglot’s artistic vibrancy. The program’s achievements so far include:

  • Bees, a new Play Space work, that commenced creative development via Zoom in 2020 during the height of Melbourne’s lockdown. The work explores a buzzing, humming hive of activity, as three human-sized bees busy themselves in the creation of a community alongside children who transform into bees as they play. 
  • Invisible Orchestra, a sound installation created by Matthew Kelly, Glen Walton and Andy Callaghan, was supported for two development stages before its premiere at Darebin Arts’ Music Feast in 2016. The work was programmed by Arts Centre Melbourne in 2019 and is now part of Polyglot’s touring repertoire.
  • Light Pickers, designed by Mischa Long, was developed in 2017, progressing through a creative development showing at ArtPlay in 2018 ahead of its premiere season in 2019 at Abbotsford Convent. Mischa reflected on the 2018 development – read this HERE. Afsaneh Torabi performed in the 2020 Moomba Festival season at ArtPlay – read her reflection HERE.
  • Copy Cat (previously Hear Me Roar), a collaboration between Generator artist Emily Tomlins’ company Elbow Room and Polyglot, received support through Playwriting Australia’s Ignition program for a development process in 2018, before work-in-progress showings for Melbourne Fringe Festival’s XS Program. 
  • Clippy, an interactive sound workshop designed by Glen Walton, was trialled in 2018 before selection for Regional Arts Victoria’s 2019 school touring program. Glen wrote about Clippy for Polyglot’s Education News – read this HERE.
  • International workshops: Mischa Long and Stefanie Robinson designed The Space Talks to Me – creating sensory environments for neuro-diverse children and delivered this professional development workshop in China and Japan. Tirese Ballard and Dan Goronszy designed and delivered Polyglot Play – creativity and child-centred practice for educators in the USA. Dan Goronszy and David Pidd designed and delivered an intensive residency for students at United World College of South East Asia in Singapore. We shared some highlights of this residency – read these HERE.

The Generator is supported by the Canny Quine Foundation.