Polyglot Theatre – Impact

Polyglot’s mission is to make innovative and daring theatre which provides children worldwide the opportunity for imagination and adventure through participation. Our vision is of a future where children are powerful:  artistically, socially and culturally. 

Polyglot’s strategy for 2021 – 2024 aligns closely with the Australia Council’s vision for the sector and with three of its new strategic priorities:

Australians are transformed by arts and creativity: Polyglot places sophisticated theatrical events and authentic collaborative engagements within reach of as many as possible. The audiences and communities that Polyglot serves are highly diverse and much of Polyglot’s success is due to our work’s accessibility – often free, without language, and in public or non-traditional spaces. These qualities make our work distinctive, resulting in demand from presenters who wish to attract new audiences to experience the arts.

Our arts reflect us: Polyglot has recognised expertise in supporting community cultural resilience and children’s socio-emotional development though the arts – designing projects in collaboration with participants who are experiencing many layers of disadvantage. Our strategic plan focusses on developing outstanding theatre for children with disability, exchanging skills with artists from diverse cultural backgrounds and with lived experience of disability, and taking a whole-of-company approach to increasing access and inclusion in core operations.

Arts and creativity are thriving: The breadth of Polyglot’s work offers unparalleled opportunities for partnerships, income generation and collaboration in arts and non-arts contexts, demonstrating our agility and resilience. Polyglot’s new strategic plan embeds sustainable practices through initiatives that reduce the environmental impact of touring and develop new models of international collaboration and delivery. The Generator is embedded across our strategy and contributes to the health of Australia’s independent sector and its future capacity to develop best-practice work for children.

Evaluation

Polyglot consistently invests in impact evaluation of our projects, in order to measure, articulate and share with change-makers, funders and stakeholders the evidence of the impact of our work on children, their schools and communities. Evaluation also examines our internal practices, instigating improvement and change.

Over the last decade, Polyglot has commissioned 13 evidence-based evaluation reports from partners including Monash and Victoria Universities and independent academics and practitioners. These reports focus on the company’s social impact in schools and communities, examining our child-centric practice and the difference an arts process makes to children in these contexts.

Read selected evaluations here.

Commissioned Articles

To promote Polyglot’s thought-leadership position in the TYA sector, we commission articles from academics, theatre practitioners and Polyglot artists about the value of the arts in education for our quarterly Education News. Through the Voice Lab e-news, we highlight the scope of this project to stakeholders and prospective partners, and we make extensive use of existing written material (creative evaluations, travel diaries, reflections) to add depth to the stories shared through our channels.

“The arts in schools – an extended game of cat and mouse”
Dr Christine Sinclair

“Education resources and child-led practice: a discursive entanglement”
Dr Meg Upton

“Young people, art and hope”
Kate Kantor

“The environments that Polyglot creates are venues for instant collaboration”
Glen Walton

“Understanding the sensory needs of neurodiverse students”
Mischa Long

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