Aileen Gonsalves

Aileen Gonsalves

Aileen is an actor, director, writer and singer. She's Artistic Director at Butterfly and Head of the MA course at Arts Ed.

She trained as an actor at the London's Central School of Speech and Drama and has worked professionally in film, theatre, television and radio.

For the RSC, Aileen was assistant director to Tim Supple and Gregory Doran and then directed our Youth Ensemble in A Midsummer Night's Dream (2008) and A Winter's Tale (2009).

Aileen's play Church Ladies was broadcast as an afternoon play on BBC Radio 4, she wrote for the Tracy Beaker series on CBBC and has also written various stage plays.

She was co-founder of C Company where she directed 30 productions. After that, she founded Butterfly, where she is Artistic Director. Butterfly create theatre (particularly Shakespeare) in site-specific venues across the country.

Butterfly was nominated for Best Production at the Buxton Festival Fringe for Macbeth in Pooles Cavern. Butterfly are the resident company in Kents Cavern and at Arts Educational Schools London where Aileen is the Head of the MA in Acting course where she is currently developing new ways of training actors for stage and screen.

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