John Bell

Opening doors to the theatre industry for young Australians


Thank you to all the students across Australia who auditioned for the 2023 John Bell Scholarship. Bell Shakespeare artists auditioned students from around the country, working with each student on their chosen Shakespeare monologue, via online and in-person auditions.

All auditioning students worked one-on-one on their pieces with Bell Shakespeare artists, and had the opportunity to workshop their chosen text and character, discuss their performance ambitions, and receive feedback on their work.

We are excited to announce the shortlisted students for 2023. Their performances will now be reviewed by our judging panel, including Founding Artistic Director John Bell and Artistic Director Peter Evans.

Congratulations to the 2023 shortlist:

Daisy Axon, Mother Teresa Catholic College, Baldivis WA
Ryan Cruickshank, Emmanuel College, Carrara QLD
Luke Johnston, Green Point Christian College, Green Point NSW
Tom Marchant, Girton Grammar School, Bendigo VIC
Mace Murray, Great Lakes College Senior Campus, Tuncurry NSW
Ayrlia Purins, Hunter School of Performing Arts, Newcastle NSW
Josh Retallick, St Patrick’s College, Ballarat VIC
Maggie Robinson, St Mary's College, Hobart TAS
Zia Vickers, Christmas Island District High School WA
Grace Winspear, The Friends School, Hobart TAS
Rachel Yap, Fairholme College, Toowoomba, QLD

Winners will be announced Friday 8 December.

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 2023 and be enrolled in a regional high school full time in 2023.

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 2023 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.

John Bell Scholarship auditions take place in person and via Zoom. To download and prepare a monologue, please refer to the 2023 monologue list here.

Students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

How do I apply?

  • 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. We will let you know if we can audition you in person, and the available dates. If we are not able to audition you in person, we will arrange a live audition via Zoom.
  • Select your audition piece from our 2023 monologue list. There’s a mix of characters from Shakespeare’s plays, from tragedy to comedy. Take your pick and rehearse your chosen character in your own unique way.
  • Prepare for your Workshop Audition using our Tips For Auditionees.


Registration opens 1 February 2023
Auditions take place during Terms 2 – 3 2023
Shortlist announced November 2023
Winners announced
December 2023
Scholarship takes place
in January-February 2024, dates TBC

Tips for auditioningTips for auditioning

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