Rob Guest Endowment Award

The Rob Guest Endowment is one of Australia’s most exciting scholarship programs providing financial assistance and industry support to the next generation of musical theatre stars.

The Award

The Rob Guest Endowment Award is a $20,000 cash prize to be used for professional development.

Of the five remaining finalists, one will be awarded Melbourne’s East End Theatre District Artist Development Award, a $5,000 cash prize for further training and development. This award is fully funded by the Melbourne’s East End Theatre District, an initiative of Mr Mike Walsh and the Marriner family.

The remaining four finalists will each receive a $1,500 cash prize to be used for professional development.

Additionally, The Playbill Future Prospect Award will be awarded to a semi-finalist who didn’t make the finals but is of sufficient interest to the judges to encourage them to return next year. This is a $1,500 cash prize kindly donated by Playbill.


Application and Competition Process

Round One:
Performers are to apply for first round auditions online through the Rob Guest Endowment website. Selected applicants will be emailed an audition time and details of audition requirements and venue. Applicants are to perform one song from the musical theatre genre. Those who are not able to make it to the live audition are welcome to send a taped audition.

30 semifinalists will be selected to attend a live audition on Monday 16th October 2017. Here, they will be required to take part in an open dance call and present two contrasting songs for the judges. The semi-finalists should bring a folder with not less than five song choices that they feel best represent their abilities, from which the judging panel will choose two songs for their audition. The songs presented for this round will be the songs used for the final event unless otherwise advised by the creative team.

The finals will take place on 20th November 2017. The six finalists will be required to perform the two songs chosen for the semi-finals. More details on the final event will be announced in due course.
Additional queries from registered applicants should be sent to


  • Applicants must be aged between 18-30 as at 1stNovember 2017.
  • Professional experience or a current position in a professional show will notexclude performers from applying.
  • The performance must include a vocal element but dramatic or dance elements are welcomed.
  • Applicants must be an Australian citizen.

Key Dates

Applications Open: Thursday 3rd August 2017
Application Close: Midnight, Friday 18th August 2017
Melbourne Live Auditions: Monday 4th September 2017
Sydney Live Auditions: Monday 11th September 2017
Semi Finals: Monday 16th October 2017
Finals: Monday 20th November 2017


Judging Criteria

The 2017 judging panel will consist of an array of leading industry professionals.  At every stage of the competition, the judges will review contestants on the set judging criteria and will award the prizes to versatile performers of exceptional talent who will benefit from the opportunity to train further and be able to actively contribute to the industry in a positive way.

They will be judged on the following aspects:

  1. Technical strength in the areas of voice, acting and movement
  2. A clear vision of future direction as an artist
  3. Employment potential and suitability of being a representative of the Rob Guest Endowment.

Please refer to the Terms and Conditions for further details of the competition and award.

Judging Panel

The judges for the 2017 award will be announced in due course.