Asporing young actors from regional Australia have the chancer to audition for a fully-funded scholarship to train with and learn from some of the cpountry's most respected actors, direrctors and educators at award-winning theatre company Bell Shakespeare.
The John Bell Scholarship provides up to four talented high school students from regional Australia the opportunity to travel to the national theatre company's headquarters in Sydney in January 2021 to take part in the intensive week-long program. Over the week they'll undeertake acting masterclasses and backstage tours, observe rehearsals and watch live theatre performances.
This year all auditions will take place over Zoom. Auditions take the form of 15-minute masterclasses with Bell Shakespeare Teaching Artist, workshopping text and receiving feedback to their performance.
Bell Shakespears's Artistic Director Peter Evans said the program is at the heart of Bell Shakespeare's ongoing commitment to fostering emerging talent and sharing Shakespeare as widely as possible.
Australia is an expansive country and opportunities for young performers from regional areas are in short supply.
"This is an extraordinary opportunti that can help set the stage for a career in theatre. Fo example, last year one of the 20189 John Bell Scholarship recipients, Kuda Mapeza, was cast in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in Melbourne, and another recipient is Miranda Tapsell.
It is a privelege to give regional students this life-changing opportunity to experience immercive Shakespeare training and to be mentioned in the engine room of Australia's national theatre company." said Peter Evans.
Visit www.bellshakespeare.com.au.au/jbs to schedule a Zoom audition. For aspiring actors who are unable to schedule a live Zoom audition, video auditions can be submitted until October 2020.
All details including registration forms, suggested monologue lists and instrutions for submitting videos are available at www,bellshakespeare.com.au/jbs.