founder and artistic director
Adelka Polak, founder of Sova Dance & Puppet Theater, is a dancer, puppeteer, mask-performer and movement director whose work has brought her to Denmark, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, and Turkey. Recently, in an original theatrical production of "Ajijaack on Turtle Island" she worked with some of the latest Henson Workshop puppets in a show led by artists Heather Henson and Grammy-Award winner Ty Defoe. She also worked with Squonk Opera who went “from junkyards to Broadway” and performed at Lincoln Center Outdoors and LaMama, E.T.C. with the Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theater of NYC. Ms. Polak was featured on CPTV’s “Spotlight on the Arts” with Masque Theatre & Larry Hunt in a segment nominated for a cultural Emmy in 2010 and produced by Ed Wierzbiecki. She shares her knowledge of dance, puppetry and crossing artistic disciplines with audiences across the U.S. and abroad, especially in NYC, CT, and the Hartford Public Schools where she has helped children build over 1,000 frog puppets annually since 2016. Wild Theater is among her programs that she helped to co-create, and she has training in Joseph Cornell’s “Sharing Nature” to complement her refined, stylized and occasionally even meditative performance techniques.