Scholarships

Through the generosity of a number of the School’s supporters, the following scholarships are available to students:

The Gwen & Edna Jones Foundation Scholarship

Thanks to the generosity of the Trustees of the Warrnambool-based
G & E Jones Foundation, a scholarship to the value of $6000 will be available to a young adult currently resident in the Western District of Victoria who successfully auditions for the Advanced Diploma of Acting at Melbourne’s prestigious National Theatre Drama School in St Kilda.

Applicants must be at least 19 years of age and able to study full-time in 2015. The auditions for the 2015 intake will commence in November and the successful candidate will be announced in early December. Audition applications will be accepted from Monday September 2.

The Advanced Diploma course aims to prepare graduates for a career as actors and/or performance-makers . The School’s impressive list of graduates  includes well-known actors such as Kat Stewart, Bella Heathcote and Richard Cawthorne, comedians Lawrence Mooney and Geraldine Quinn and rising star, Ngaire Dawn Fair.

The course runs over three years and fees may be either paid up-front or deferred through the VET FEE-HELP scheme (Eligibility criteria apply).

Details of the audition procedure and further information about the
School, the Course and VET FEE-HELP are available from the School’s website (drama.nationaltheatre.org.au) or the Administration on (03) 9534 0223.

The Nicolson Award

To honour the life and work of Tasmanian-born actor, Gerda Nicolson, the Trustees of the Nicolson Foundation have made available a one-year Scholarship, valued at $5000, ta a Tasmanian resident who successfully audiitons for the School’s full-time, three-year Advanced Diploma of Acting course. Gerda Nicolson worked regularly with many of Australia’s leading theatre companies and was a core cast member of the popular TV series, Bellbird.

The Cybec Scholarship

The Cybec Scholarship, valued at $5,000, is awarded to a Second or Third Year Advanced Diploma student who, in the opinion of the Director and Staff, has demonstrated their professional potential and that they would benefit significantly from financial assistance. The funds are to be used primarily for the payment of tuition fees.

The Florence Young Scholarship, awarded by the Tallis Foundation

This Scholarship, named in honour of a much-loved, early 20th Century Australian stage star, is valued at $4,000. It is awarded to a Second or Third Year Advanced Diploma student who, in the opinion of the Director and Staff, has demonstrated their professional potential and can show that financial assistance would significantly benefit them. The funds are to be used primarily for the payment of tuition fees.

Contact Us

For more information regarding any of the above scholarships, please contact us at

Drama School:

drama@nationaltheatre.org.au