John Bell Scholarship

John Bell Scholarship

Video auditions are open until 31 October 2019 for the 2019 John Bell Scholarships. Auditions for the 2020 John Bell Scholarship open in Term 2 2020 – audition details will be available in early 2020.

Students from regional schools across Australia are eligible to audition for the John Bell Scholarship. A life-changing opportunity for budding performers, three 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 it in your own unique way.

Three 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 a Bell Shakespeare cast.

Important 2019 dates

Live auditions Touring across Australia in Terms 2–3.
Video auditions Open until October 2019
Shortlist announced November 2019
Winners announced December 2019
Scholarship week January 2020

How do I audition?

For the 2019 John Bell Scholarship, all auditionees will be required to select their monologue from a list provided by Bell Shakespeare. Auditions will take the form of one-on-one 15-minute audition workshops delivered by Bell Shakespeare artists, and take place around the country. All students who are not able to audition in person will be able to audition via video. To organise an audition contact

2020 audition details will be available in

Video Audition

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 monologue list provided by Bell Shakespeare.

Audition Criteria

To be eligible to audition for the 2019 John Bell Scholarship, students must be 16 years of age or older by 31 December 2019, and still be at high school full-time in 2019.

Auditioning students must complete a registration form, to be handed to the Teaching Artist 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


– If you have a questions about the audition process or criteria, please contact
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Thank you to our donors and foundations who have made this program possible.

John Bell Scholarship