John Bell

Opening doors to the theatre industry for young Australians

Interested in a career as a performer and attend school in a regional area? Audition for the John Bell Scholarship.

A life-changing opportunity for budding performers, three students will spend one incredible week training with Bell Shakespeare at our HQ in Sydney.

Winners will undertake acting masterclasses with Bell Shakespeare artists, observe rehearsals, receive specialist training, see live theatre, and more. They will also have the opportunity to perform their winning monologue for Founding Artistic Director John Bell, Artistic Director Peter Evans, and Bell Shakespeare artists, receiving feedback and mentoring.

All auditioning students will undertake a 15-minute, one-on-one Workshop Audition where they will work directly with a Bell Shakespeare artist.

Who is eligible?

Applicants must be 16 years of age or older by 31 December 2022 and be enrolled in a regional high school full time in 2022.

What is the selection process?

Auditions take the form of a 15-minute Workshop Audition with a Bell Shakespeare artist where students perform a prepared monologue from the 2022 monologue list, receiving feedback and direction from a professional Bell Shakespeare artist. Up to three students will be selected for the scholarship from across Australia. Students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

How do I apply?

  1. Check to see if a local venue near you is hosting auditions here. If there are no auditions taking place in your area, please contact Bell Shakespeare directly via email to arrange your audition. If we are not able to audition you in person, we can arrange a live virtual audition via Zoom.
  2. Register for your Workshop Audition by completing the online registration form. Note: You will not be eligible for the scholarship if we do not receive this form.

How do I prepare?

  1. Choose a monologue to perform from the 2022 monologue list. There’s a mix of characters from Shakespeare’s plays, from tragedy to comedy. Take your pick and perform your chosen character in your own unique way.
  2. Do as much preparation as possible to get the most out of your Workshop Audition. Read our tips on how to prepare for your John Bell Scholarship audition here.


Auditions take place during Terms 2 – 3 2022
Shortlist announced November 2022
Winners announced
December 2022
Scholarship takes place
in 2023, dates TBC

It was an amazing experience and it honestly has opened up so much more opportunity for me in the future.

Promise Mudzingwa, Guilford Young College TAS John Bell Scholarship winner