Polly read English at Trinity College, Dublin, before completing a MA in Text and Performance at RADA.
Directing credits include the world premiere of Olga Neuwirth’s Orlando (Vienna State Opera), The Gondoliers (RWCMD), the world premiere of Dani Howard’s Robin Hood (The Opera Story); The Emperor of Atlantis (Loud Crowd at Bold Tendencies), Dido and Aeneas (Blackheath Halls), Le Vin Herbé (WNO and Theater St Gallen), A Christmas Carol (Orchestra Haydn Opera 20.21), Simplicius Simplicissimus (Independent Opera), Kommilitonen! (Welsh National Youth Opera); Unheard Voices: CREW (WNO), Nighthawks (Yellow Earth Theatre). Forthcoming projects include Il ritorno d’Ulisse (Longborough Festival Opera) and the world premiere of Orlando Gough’s Bloom Britannia (Barefoot Opera).
Her productions have twice won Best Opera at the Welsh Theatre Awards. She is Artistic Director of Longborough Festival Opera.