Rob Guest Endowment Award

The Rob Guest Endowment award is now Australia’s largest Music Theatre prize providing financial assistance and industry support to the next generation of musical theatre stars.

The Award

The Rob Guest Endowment Award is a $50,000 cash prize to be used for professional development.

The runner up will receive $5,000 and the remaining four finalists will each receive a $1,500 cash prize to be used for professional development.

Applications for the 2019/2020 Rob Guest Endowment Award are now closed.

Application and Competition Process

Round One:
Performers should apply through our online portal on the Rob Guest Endowment website. All applicants who apply will be required to submit a video audition for the first round. They will need to upload the video to Youtube or Vimeo (video needs to be unlisted or public, not private) and include the weblink in their application. Applicants are to complete an introduction to camera as well as a song from the musical theatre genre. The video audition must meet the below requirements:

  • Piano backing only (live or recorded)
  • Mid shot (below waist to above head)
  • Eyes directed towards the upper 2/3 of the screen
  • Must be recorded in a well-lit environment
  • A 3-minute excerpt or song sung in one take, no editing permitted
  • Footage must be in focus and of a reasonable quality (iPhone acceptable)
  • Applicant must introduce themselves and the song. No other information is necessary and will not be taken into consideration for the purposes of judging the entries.
  • There is a limit of one entry per entrant.

30 successful applicants will be selected to proceed in the competition. Here, they will be required to submit 2 additional contrasting songs from the musical theatre genre. Dance elements are welcomed should the applicant deem it worthwhile. The semi-finalists will also be required to perform a monologue via Zoom call with the judges.

The finals will take place in November 2020. The six finalists will be required to perform two songs and a monologue chosen in consultation with the Committee. There will also be a movement requirement. The finalists will be required to  submit a mission statement which details their study plans as well as their long-term goals and initiatives.
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 18-25 as at 30th November 2020.
  • Professional experience or a current position in a professional show will not exclude performers from applying. However each artist cannot have had a minor principal or principal roles in a mainstage production in the past or signed contracts for future productions.
  • The performance must include a vocal element but dramatic or dance elements are welcomed.
  • Applicants must be an Australian citizen.

Key Dates

Applications Open: Monday 6 July, 2020
Application Close: Midnight, Friday 7 August, 2020
Semi Finals: 25 September and 6 – 8 October, 2020
Finals: Week Commencing 9 November, 2020

Judging Criteria

The 2020 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

Kellie Dickerson, Stephen Gray, Roger Hodgman, Leah Howard, Dana Jolly, Luke Joslin, Jason Langley, Pip Mushin, Daniel Puckey, Lynne Ruthven, Guy Simpson, David Skelton, Michael Tyack OA