The Board of Polyglot Theatre is delighted to announce the appointment of Sarah Hunt as its new Chair. Sarah takes the reins from long-standing board member Tom Gutteridge, who has stepped down after five years as Chair.
Sarah is a highly experienced marketing, audience development and fundraising executive, who runs her own consultancy business serving the creative sector. Previously, Sarah was Executive Director, Development and Audience Engagement at Arts Centre Melbourne, and earlier roles include Director, Sales and Marketing at the National Theatre, UK, Press and Marketing Director at Bristol Old Vic Theatre and Marketing Director at Donmar Warehouse. Sarah is a board member of the Flinders Quartet and has been on Polyglot Theatre’s Board since 2016.
“I’m extremely excited to serve Polyglot as its new Chair – and I feel humble in equal measure. Tom introduced me to this extraordinary company two years ago, and it was valuable to see how he guided Polyglot through years of such growth. I’m massively inspired by Sue and Viv, who lead Polyglot with absolute integrity, energy and passion – and encourage the company to have ambitions way beyond its size and in territories where many companies fear to tread. As a parent, I’m grateful to Polyglot for placing children at the heart of its art. In a world that is increasingly obsessed with narrow academic outcomes, it’s refreshing to witness the Polyglot approach where children engage in play and have transformational artistic and social experiences that are inclusive and experiential.” Sarah Hunt
The Board and co-CEOs Artistic Director Sue Giles and Executive Director Viv Rosman offer their tremendous thanks and gratitude to Tom Gutteridge for his commitment to Polyglot Theatre and leadership as Chair. During Tom’s tenure, the company celebrated its 40th birthday, relocated to a new home at the Abbotsford Convent and cemented its global reputation as a producer of highly innovative theatre and arts experiences for children and their families.
“I am very deeply attached to Polyglot. Since joining the board in 2009 I have been continually astounded, delighted and impressed by the unique work that the company has produced, and by the thoughtful, compassionate, ethical and inventive way it is made. Sue Giles’ vision – where children are given agency and authority in the creative process – is something I think is extremely valuable in a world where children are often controlled and managed. I am delighted to be passing the baton as Chair to the very talented and wise Sarah Hunt, who I know will steer Polyglot into another 40 years of wonder. I will remain a passionate supporter and fan.” Tom Gutteridge
Polyglot Theatre is Australia’s leading creator of interactive and participatory theatre for children and families. The company’s vision is of a future where children are powerful: artistically, socially and culturally.
From its home in Melbourne, Polyglot creates extraordinary theatrical experiences and facilitates transformative community projects. Its work tours around the globe, delighting children everywhere, and the company shares its unique practice through collaboration with a diverse range of artists and creative organisations.
For further information, please contact Polyglot’s Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Erica Heller-Wagner, on email@example.com or ph. 03 9826 3301.
Polyglot Board members L-R: Kathy Fox, Mark Williams, Tom Gutteridge, Sarah Hunt, Belinda Bowman