John Bell Scholarship

John Bell Scholarship

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.

Auditions take the form of 15-minute masterclasses with a Bell Shakespeare artist, workshopping text and receiving feedback on performance.

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.

A national tour of auditions will take place in 2019. Students must rehearse a Shakespeare monologue of their own choosing, or select from the list available on our website. See below for audition dates and locations in 2019.

Important 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?

Auditions for the John Bell Scholarship are scheduled by a host school or venue. 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 sessions with a Bell Shakespeare Arts Educator. Each student must perform a 1-2 minute monologue from the suggested monologue list that you can download from the side (female monologues and male monologues) or a monologue of their choice from any Shakespeare play.

Video Auditions

Video auditions will open again in 2019.

VIDEO AUDITION CRITERIA

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 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 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 and Communications Manager, Sally Buckingham, at sallyb@bellshakespeare.com.au.

Thank you to our donors who have made this program possible.

John Bell Scholarship