Welcome to CAPA College

Excellence in the Arts


CAPA College provides full time Arts training and education for students aged 16-19 and aims to inspire, train and educate the next generation of performers, creatives, designers and technicians.

CAPA College’s team of top professional teachers, directors, choreographers, musical directors, designers and technicians alongside industry standard facilities ensures that CAPA College delivers the highest quality training, education and pastoral guidance to support talented students who are serious about pursuing a career in the Arts.

Dance: Contemporary and Commercial

Drama: Stage and Screen

Musical Theatre: Performing Arts

Production Arts: Technical and Creative Theatre

Film and TV: Cinematography and Performance

The Polar Bear (Is Dead)


Have you ever thought about what it means to lose something forever? The Polar Bear (Is Dead) takes a hopeful look at our future and what we can do to change it. “A moving and brilliant show about loss, the climate crisis and above all friendship” Audience reaction

Join us at The Mulberry Playhouse at CAPA College on the 25th May at 7PM for the GROUNDBREAKING new production of ‘The Polar Bear (Is Dead)’.   Running time: 60 minsAge guidance: 12+Content warnings: References to death and bereavement   Nat and Dani is the creative collaboration between Natalie Bellingham (Yorkshire, UK) and Daniele Pennati (Milan, Italy). A chance encounter in 2016 was the start of their friendship and led to them forming an exciting new collective, which led to the development of The Polar Bear (is Dead).   TICKETS ON SALE NOW

Support CAPA College

A huge thank you to all who contributed to our recent Recording Studio fundraising activities via crowdfunding donations, raffle tickets, donation boxes at shows and of course our array of staff and student sponsored ‘thon’ events… from a Plankathon and Monologueathon, to a Spinathon and Singalongathon.

All in all we raised a whopping £9436.89 which will be used towards purchasing new equipment that will benefit so many – our students, the community and local artists. 

There’s lots of other ways you can get involved to help the students and community at CAPA College.

CAPA College is Ofsted ‘Outstanding’

During their visit at the end of January 2022, Ofsted were overwhelmed at the quality of education delivered by the teaching team at CAPA College (which is made up of specialist resident teachers and freelance artists; many of whom also have professional careers in the industry as actors, dancers, choreographers, directors, technicians and more).   From the support for students with special educational needs and disabilities, to governance, pastoral care, careers guidance and students’ attitude to learning, CAPA College was rated ‘Outstanding’ in all categories.


New Home


In September 2022 CAPA College opened the doors to our new, purpose-built, specialist facilities on Mulberry Way (opposite Wakefield Westgate Train Station). We worked with the ESFA, designers and developers to create these inspiring, bespoke, industry-standard facilities. The new CAPA College home is a centre for excellence in the Arts with dance, drama and signing studios, media suites, film studios, design suites, production workshops and theatres.

Travelling to CAPA College

CAPA College is situated opposite Wakefield Westgate train station which makes us easily accessible for anyone wishing to travel here in the North of England. Take a look at our travel map to see how you can reach us on public transport from your nearest location.

CAPA College Alumni Success

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Bronwyn James graduated from CAPA College in 2012 before gaining a BA Hons in Acting from ALRA. She is now a professional actress with credits which include Hangmen (Court Theatre and West End transfer), Call The Midwife, Cold Feet, the BBC’s The ABC Murders (2018) and ITV’s Wild Bill. Bronwyn is best known for the character Fanny Lambert in Harlots. 

Alex Bowen graduated from CAPA College in 2010 before continuing her Musical Theatre training at Bird College and Arts Educational Schools London. She is now a professional performer, choreographer and teacher. Alex recently took on the starring role of Kiki Dee in the world premier of Dusty alongside Katherine Kingsley and Rufus Hound. We’re thrilled that Alex has returned to CAPA College to teach jazz and choreography to the Class of 2020 as well choreographing two of our incredible Main Stage performances for Move It 2019. 

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Rae Clarke graduated from CAPA College in 2014. She recently completed a BA Hons in Professional Dance & Musical Theatre at Bird College and is now working as a professional model and actress. Since leaving CAPA College Rae has clocked up a number of acting and dancing credits and in 2018 she made her professional debut on the silver screen as part of the ensemble cast of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again alongside Meryl Streep, Julie Walters and Amanda Seyfried. 

Niall Egan graduated from CAPA College in 2016 before studying for a BA Hons in Contemporary Dance at London Contemporary Dance School. During his time at LCDS Niall worked with the Batsheva Dance Company as well as choreographing his own work for the Robin Howard Dance Theatre and modelling for the London Queer Fashion Show. He has just been awarded an apprenticeship with the Richard Alston Dance Company and will be touring with them in the UK and USA in 2020.