Trained as an actor at Queen Margaret University College and worked as an actor and director throughout the UK and in the USA. She worked in Television, Theatre, and Theatre in Education before becoming a teacher in 2006. Her teaching led her to work at Centrestage Music Theatre in Kilmarnock where she started the acting skills course and was resident director for 2 years before leaving to teach in Dubai.
Nicola has been responsible for helping many students gain entry into accredited drama schools and Universities. As a teacher she has had the pleasure of seeing the pupils that she teaches achieve excellent grades both in SQA examinations and external examinations.
As well as teaching Nicola also works as a visiting assessor for the Scottish Qualifications Agency at Intermediate level