John Bell

Opening doors to the theatre industry for young Australians

NTM 2024 page website

John Bell Scholarship

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.

Auditions for our 2025 Scholarships will open from Term 2, 2024. Schools and organisations that will be attending a Regional Workshop as part of our 2024 A Midsummer Night's Dream national tour, will be available to organise an in-person audition prior to Term 2. Contact for more information.

Who is eligible?

Applicants must be 16 years of age or older by 31 December 2024 and be enrolled in a regional high school full-time in 2024.

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 2024 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 2024 monologue list.

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 2024 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 2024
Auditions take place during Terms 2 – 3 2024
Shortlist announced November 2024
Winners announced
December 2024
Scholarship takes place
in January-February 2025, 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