2017 Rob Guest Endowment Award Recipients Announced!

Congratulations to the incredibly talented award recipients and RGE finalists. We are delighted to announce the following award winners:

2017 Rob Guest Endowment Award:
Georgina Hopson

2017 Melbourne’s East End Theatre District Artist Development Award:
Stefanie Caccamo

2017 Playbill Future Prospect Award:
Sam Ward

2017 Technical Award in Honour of Sue Nattrass:
Natalie Carige

2017 Musician Award:
Anthony Barnhill

2017 Finalists:
Imogen Moore, Morgan Palmer, Jayme-Lee Hanekom, Thomas McGuane

2017 Rob Guest Endowment Finalists Announced

The Rob Guest Endowment is delighted to announce the 2017 Rob Guest Endowment Finalists!

Competing against over 250 applicants, six outstanding artists were chosen by an expert panel of judges, which included Kellie Dickerson, Martin Croft, David Skelton, Dana Jolly, Andrew Pole, Michael Tyack, Geoffrey Castles and Gary Young.

2017 Rob Guest Endowment Finalists

The 2017 Rob Guest Endowment finalists will be judged at an invitation-only Presentation on Monday 20 November in front of a wide selection of industry professionals. Finalists will have the chance to have musical, dramatic and movement sessions with judges and coaches on the day. They will workshop their chosen material with the judges prior to the Presentation, allowing the judges to get to know the finalists and see how they work, better informing their decision. Following the Presentation will be a social function where finalists and the winner will be introduced to the industry professionals attending, and make direct contact with people who can assist them in developing their career. This fulfils the aim of the Rob Guest Endowment to better connect young performers with industry professionals who can encourage, mentor and advise them.

Good luck to our Finalists!


The Rob Guest Endowment is thrilled to announce our 2017 Semi Finalists. Congratulations to:

Annie Aitken, Prue Bell, Nicola Bowman, Stefanie Caccamo, Ali Calder, Baylie Carson, Rebecca Cullinan, Jessica Di Costa, Joshua Firman, Bronte Florian, Jayme-Lee Hanekom, Bobbie-Jean Henning, Georgina Hopson, Nigel Huckle, Todd Jacobsson, Julian Kuo, Matthew Manahan, Kieran McGrath, Thomas McGuane, Alessandra Merlo, Imogen Moore, Matilda Moran, Joshua Mulheran, Morgan Palmer, Brittanie Shipway, Alana Tranter, Jack Van Staveren, Sam Ward, Rachael Ward and Lyndon Watts.

Earlier this month, the Rob Guest Endowment held auditions in Melbourne and Sydney to search for this year’s winner of the Rob Guest Endowment Award. The judges saw over 200 applications, and after careful consideration, the 30 Semi-Finalists for the 2017 Rob Guest Endowment Award were chosen to progress within the competition.

On the 16th of October, the Semi-Finalists will commence their Semi Final audition day at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne, where the judges will determine the six finalists for the 2017 Rob Guest Endowment Award.

We would like to give a special thanks to our judges and accompanists for the 2017 first round auditions. Thank you to Kellie Dickerson, Andrew Pole, Michael Tyack, Geoffrey Castles, Gary Young, James Simpson and Hayden Barltrop.

Well done to everyone who applied and auditioned this year, and congratulations to our 30 Semi-Finalists!

Semi Finalist Headshots


Applications are now open for the 2017 Rob Guest Endowment!

Now in its ninth year, the Rob Guest Endowment is only getting bigger with the Rob Guest Endowment Award, Technical Award and Musician Award totaling a prize package of more than $50,000 this year.

The Rob Guest Endowment is Australia’s most exciting scholarship program in performing arts, providing financial assistance and industry support to the next generation of musical theatre stars, creators and musicians.

The Rob Guest Endowment Award is a $20,000 cash prize intending to guide new artists in the musical theatre industry and shape them to become a leading Australian performer.

Also returning in 2017 are the Technical and Musician Awards, which aim to support members of the technical and musical fields and guide them to become leaders in their respective fields. Each award offers a $10,000 cash prize to assist them in this endeavour.

Applications for all three awards are now open, please visit the awards page to apply!


The 2016 Rob Guest Endowment Grand Final Concert guest artists have been announced! The Concert will be hosted by Lucy Durack and Penny McNamee, guest artists performing will include pop sensation Paulini, principal cast members from Aladdin, the Helpmann Award winning Molly Barwick, Sasha Rose, Georgia Taplin and Bella Thomas who originated the role of Matilda in Australia, past winners Samantha Dodemaide and Blake Bowden, 2015 Rob Guest Endowment winner Daniel Assetta, and cast members from Dream Lover – The Bobby Darin Musical.

Tickets for this year’s Gala Concert are on sale now via Ticketmaster and are selling fast! Get yours for a night of wonderful entertainment celebrating the musical theatre industry in Australia!


The six Finalists for the 2016 Rob Guest Endowment Award were announced today. Competing against nearly 300 applicants, six outstanding performers were chosen by an expert panel of judges, which included Andrew Pole, Kellie Dickerson, Christopher Horsey and Lisa O’Dea.

The 2016 finalists are Du Toit Bredenkamp, Hilary Cole, Linden Furnell, Stefanie JonesGenevieve Kingsford and Matthew Predny. 


  • Du Toit Bredenkamp
    Du Toit Bredenkamp
  • Hilary Cole
    Hilary Cole
  • Linden Furnell
    Linden Furnell
  • Stefanie Jones
    Stefanie Jones
  • Genevieve Kingsford
    Genevieve Kingsford
  • Matthew Predny
    Matthew Predny

Now in its 8th year, the Rob Guest Endowment competition continues to grow. The 2016 Rob Guest Endowment Award winner will take home $20,000, intended to help them gain the performance experience, media training, guidance and a public image to help them become a leading artist in the Australian musical theatre industry. Applicants also compete for Melbourne’s East End Theatre District Artist Development Award, a $5,000 prize, and runners up will each take home $1,500. In addition, the Playbill Future Prospect Award, a $1,500 prize, is presented to a Semi Finalist who displays promising talent.

This year also sees the return of two exciting categories open to competitors recognizing further excellence in the field of musical theatre. The Rob Guest Endowment Technical Award in Honour of Sue Nattrass is a $10,000 cash prize intended to help a current member in a technical department of musical theatre fund the tuition and experience needed to help them become a leader in their field. Applicants could be from departments including, but not limited to, stage management, mechanists, sound, lighting, wigs and wardrobe. The Rob Guest Endowment Musician Award, also a $10,000 cash prize, is intended to help a current musician in the musical theatre genre fund the tuition and experience needed to help them become a leader in their field. 


The Rob Guest Endowment is delighted to announce that our 2016 Semi-finalists are: Annie Aitken, Kirrah Amosa, Jordan Barr, Nicola Bowman, Du Toit Bredenkamp, Reece Budin, Olivia Charalambous, Erin Clare, Hilary Cole, Jessica Condon, Sage Douglas, Madeleine Featherby, Bronte Florian, Linden Furnell, Alex Given, Ryan Gonzalez, Sam Hooper, Zoe Ioannou, Todd Jacobsson, Stefanie Jones, Genevieve Kingsford, Megan Kozak, Jenni Little, Kieran McGrath, Lauren McKenna, Madeline Perrone, Matthew Predny, Caitlin Spears, Alana Tranter, Brent Trotter.

These semi-finalists were chosen out more than 250 young performers who auditioned for the award around Australia.

The semi-finalists will now have a gruelling day of Auditions at The Capitol Theatre Sydney, on Monday 19th September, before the judges will have the difficult task of choosing just 6 to be the 2016 Rob Guest Endowment Award finalists, perform at the Rob Guest Endowment Concert and go in the chance to win the $20,000 cash prize!

We would like to thank our phenomenal 2016 judges for their time, expertise and advice:

Martin Croft, Kellie Dickerson, Matthew Frank, Kirsten King, Lisa O’Dea, Andrew Pole and David Piper.

Well done to everyone who applied, and congratulations to our Top 30!

More information on our 2016 concert coming soon!

  • Annie AitkenAnnie Aitken
  • Kirrah AmosaKirrah Amosa
  • Jordan BarrJordan Barr
  • Nicola-BowmanNicola Bowman
  • Du Toit BredenkampDu Toit Bredenkamp
  • Reece BudinReece Budin
  • Olivia CharalambourOlivia Charalambous
  • Erin ClareErin Clare
  • Hilary ColeHilary Cole
  • Jessica CondonJessica Condon
  • Sage DouglasSage Douglas
  • Madeleine-FeatherbyMadeleine Featherby
  • Bronte FlorianBronte Florian
  • Linden FurnellLinden Furnell
  • Alex GivenAlex Given
  • Ryan GonzalezRyan Gonzalez
  • Sam HooperSam Hooper
  • Zoe IoannouZoe Ioannou
  • Todd JacobssonTodd Jacobsson
  • Stefanie JonesStefanie Jones
  • Genevieve KingsfordGenevieve Kingsford
  • Megan KozakMegan Kozak
  • Jenni LittleJenni Little
  • Kieran McGrathKieran McGrath
  • Lauren McKennaLauren McKenna
  • Madeline PerroneMadeline Perrone
  • Matthew PrednyMatthew Predny
  • Caitlin SpearsCaitlin Spears
  • Alana TranterAlana Tranter
  • Brent TrotterBrent Trotter


2016 Awards

Auditions opening soon, watch this space for more information.

2015 WINNER!

After a spectacular concert, our winners for 2015 were announced!


The 2015 Rob Guest Endowment Award
Daniel Assetta

The East End Theatre District Artist Development Award
Robert McDougall

The Playbill Future Prospect Award
Rubin Matters

The Rob Guest Endowment Technical Award in Honour of Sue Nattrass
Drew Cipollone

The Rob Guest Endowment Musician Award
Jack Earle


The 2015 Rob Guest Endowment Grand Final Concert will be held on Monday 9 November at the Sydney Lyric Theatre. Hosted by David Campbell and Lucy Durack, guest artists performing at the concert will include musical theatre performers Rob Mills, Caroline O’Connor and Jemma Rix, Dirty Dancing star Mark Vincent, 2014 Rob Guest Endowment winner Josh Robson, and cast members from CATS and Matilda the Musical.

It will be a night of exhilarating Musical Entertainment as the six Rob Guest Endowment Award finalists will showcase their talent in the hope of taking home the highly coveted Award of $20,000 and a headshot package provided by Blueprint Studios. The six finalists for the 2015 Rob Guest Endowment are Blake Appelqvist (West Side Story, new VCA Graduate), Daniel Assetta (Cats, Wicked), Hilary Cole (Carrie, Dogfight), Georgina Hopson (Into The Woods, The Pirates of Penzance), Rob McDougall (Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera) and Ashleigh Rubenach (Anything Goes, The Sound of Music).

The competition will be judged by three of Australian musical theatre’s finest creatives, Kelly Abbey, Peter Casey and Gale Edwards.

Tickets from $59.00 – $120.00. On Sale Now!