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John Bell Scholarship

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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.

Auditions for the John Bell Scholarship are scheduled by a host school or venue. Each year a national tour is conducted to every state and territory running auditions. If applicants cannot make one of the audition dates, you can audition via video submission. 

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 or a monologue of their choice from any Shakespeare play.

To be eligible to audition, students must be at least 16 years of age by 31 December 2018, and still be at high school full-time in 2018. 

Click here to be directed to the Bell Shakespeare Scholarship info page.