John Bell Scholarship

John Bell Scholarship

The John Bell Scholarship is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for students living in regional or remote areas, who are interested in a career as a performer.

Three students are selected each year from across Australia to come to Sydney and spend a week with Bell Shakespeare. They will participate in acting masterclasses, be taught by John Bell, observe one week of Bell Shakespeare rehearsals, see live theatre and perform their winning monologue for Artistic Director Peter Evans and a Bell Shakespeare cast.


Friday 27 October 2017 – Shortlist announced
Friday 17 November 2017 – Shortlist video submissions due
Friday 1 December 2017 – Winners announced
Monday 29 January – Friday 2 February 2018 – Scholarship week

Thank you to all the students across Australia who auditioned for the John Bell Scholarship. An incredible 132 students performed Shakespeare monologues for our national auditions, and our Arts Educators were blown away with the talent throughout regional Australia.

We are thrilled to announce the 14 shortlisted students whose auditions will now be assessed by our panel, including Founding Artistic Director John Bell, and Artistic Director Peter Evans. Three winners will be selected to join Bell Shakespeare from 29 January- 2 February 2018, to be announced Friday 1 December 2017. Congratulations to all auditionees and shortlisted students.

2017 John Bell Scholarship Shortlist

Breanna Billing Warrnambool College VIC
Tallulah Cobban Wadalba Community School NSW
Niamh Corcoran St Philip’s College Alice Springs NT
Jessica Duivenvoorden Marist-Sion College Warragul VIC
Abu Kebe Wagga Wagga High School NSW
Danica Lammertsma St Philip’s College Alice Springs NT
Kai Manteit Kawana Waters State College QLD
Kuda Mapeza Emmanuel College Parkwood QLD
Harry Oldaker Kooringal High School NSW
Olivia Smith Kawana Waters State College QLD
Maya Soni Central Coast Grammar School NSW
Phillip Sullivan St Philip’s College Alice Springs NT
Nicholas Thoroughgood Hunter School of the Perf. Arts NSW
Lillian Warman Elizabeth College Hobart TAS

How do I audition?

Auditions for the John Bell Scholarship are scheduled by a host school or venue. Each year we conduct a national tour to every state and territory running auditions.

If you cannot make one of our audition dates, you can audition via video too! Auditions take the form of 15 minute one-on-one masterclasses with a Bell Shakespeare Arts Educator. Each student must perform a 1-2 minute monologue from the suggested monologue list provided by Bell Shakespeare (attached) or a monologue of their choice from any Shakespeare play.

Video Auditions

You can audition for the John Bell Scholarship by uploading a private video to You Tube. Video submissions close on Friday 13 October 2017.

While uploading the video, please ensure you adhere to the criteria listed below and that the email address learning@bellshakespeare.com.au is selected when you select the option to “Share”. Then send a link to the video, along with your registration form, to learning@bellshakespeare.com.au.


Your video audition should run for no more than 4 minutes in total. While we’d love to see a bit of your personality in the video, please leave the video unedited and do not use editing software to ‘glam’ it up.

In your video, please include:

  • No more than 1 minute of introductory information: explain a little about yourself, your interest in acting and Shakespeare and what made you select the audition piece you chose.
  • A 1-2 minute monologue from the suggested monologue list provided by Bell Shakespeare or a monologue of your choice from any Shakespeare play.

Audition Criteria

Please note, selecting from Bell Shakespeare’s suggested list will not affect the success of the students’ audition. The suggested list is designed to make the selection of appropriate monologues a simpler process for students. Students may perform from either list, regardless of character gender. When booking audition slots, please encourage students to learn their monologues and not have their scripts in hand.

To be eligible to audition, students must be at least 16 years of age by 31 December 2017, and still be at high school full-time in 2017. Auditioning students must complete a registration form, to be handed to the Arts Educator at their audition. Students will not be eligible for the JBS if we do not have this form. If you do not have a registration form, please contact learning@bellshakespeare.com.au.

Media & Publicity

Please direct any enquiries to our Communications Manager, Jane Davis, on janed@bellshakespeare.com.au.

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