John Bell

A life-changing opportunity for budding performers

Students from regional schools across Australia are eligible to audition for the John Bell Scholarship. A life-changing opportunity for budding performers, two students will be selected to spend one incredible week training with Bell Shakespeare.

National auditions take the form of a 15-minute masterclass with a Bell Shakespeare artist, presenting a monologue, then workshopping and playing with the text. Simply choose your monologue from our list. There’s a mix of male and female characters, tragedy to comedy. Take your pick and perform your chosen monologue in your own unique way.

Two students will receive one week of training and ongoing mentorship from Bell Shakespeare. They will undertake acting masterclasses with Bell Shakespeare artists, observe rehearsals, see live theatre and perform their winning monologue for John Bell, Artistic Director Peter Evans and Bell Shakespeare artists.

John Bell Scholarship auditions take place via Zoom and in person.


To be eligible to audition, students must be 16 years of age or older by 31 December 2021, and still be at high school full-time in 2021.


  • Select your chosen monologue from our list below
  • Complete the registration form, tell us a bit about yourself and request an audition slot here
  • We will be in touch to organise your audition slot!


Auditions take place until 29 October 2021.
Shortlist announced:
November 2021.
Winners announced:
December 2021.
takes place in 2022. Dates to be confirmed.

Register for an audition