Claire Nicholson & Kelly Smith

Claire Nicholson is the Principal of CAPA College. She was the winner of the 2020 Inspirational Lecturer of the Year Award (One Dance UK) and was nominated for the Women in Dance Leadership Award 2021 (AWA Dance).

Kelly Smith is the Business Development and Fundraising Manager for CAPA College. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising with over 15 years fundraising experience within Arts and culture, education and local authority.

CAPA College (Creative and Performing Arts College) is one of the most exciting and innovative education providers in the North of England. Providing free specialist and full-time professional education and training in Dance, Drama, Musical Theatre, Film & TV and Production Arts, it is rated Ofsted ‘Outstanding’, has consistent 99% A*-C results and is ranked in the top 1% nationally for student progress. CAPA College has exceptional progression routes with 99% of last year’s graduates going on to study at leading national and international conservatoires and universities, including RADA, The Place, Rambert Schools, Arts Educational School and Guildford School of Acting, Institute of the Arts Barcelona and Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp. This leads to incredible careers,  from West End performers to Hollywood actors, international lighting designers, to leading theatre film and television producers.