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.


June – September 2017 – National tour of auditions
Friday 20 October 2017 – Video audition submissions close
Friday 27 October 2017 – Shortlist announced
Friday 17 November 2017 – Shortlist video submissions due
Friday 1 December 2017 – Winners announced
Monday 15 – Friday 19 January 2018 – Scholarship week


The following audition venues have been confirmed for 2017. To book an audition, please contact the venue.

If your local venue is not listed here, contact Bell Shakespeare Learning at learning@bellshakespeare.com.au today to register your interest.

Monday 5 Jun – Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo
Thursday 8 Jun – Lighthouse Theatre, Warnambool
Tuesday 6 Jun – Her Majesty’s Theatre, Ballarat
Tuesday 20 Jun – ESSO BHP Billington Wellington Entertainment Centre, Sale

Monday 19 Jun – Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre, Bunbury
Monday 26  Jun – Goldfields Arts Centre, Kalgoorlie
Thursday 20 Jul – State Theatre Centre WA, Perth

Monday 26 Jun – Theatre Royal, Hobart
Friday 30 Jun – Burnie Arts Theatre, Burnie

Monday 7 Aug – Civic Theatre, Newcastle
Wednesday 9 Aug – Glasshouse Theatre, Port Macquarie
Monday 14 Aug – NORPA, Lismore
Monday 21 Aug – Dubbo Regional Theatre, Dubbo
Friday 25 Aug – Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre, Wagga Wagga
Tuesday 12 Sep – Laycock Street Theatre, Gosford
Saturday 16 Sep – Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith

Monday 4 Sep – Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs

Wednesday 16 Aug – Redlands Performing Arts Centre, Cleveland
Friday 18 Aug – The Events Centre, Caloundra


In 2016, an incredible 179 students performed Shakespeare monologues for our national auditions, and our Arts Educators were blown away with the talent throughout regional Australia. The three winners of the inaugural John Bell Scholarship are:


Joel Loum Okumu
  – St Francis Xavier’s College, Hamilton NSW
Evelina Singh  – Emmanuel College, Carrara QLD
Nikhil Singh
  – Bray Park State High School QLD


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 Marketing & Communications Executive  Justin Jefferys at justinj@bellshakespeare.com.au

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