Aileen trained as an actor at the Central School of Speech and Drama and works professionally in film, theatre, television and radio.
She has worked extensively at the RSC across her career. Assistant Director to Tim Supple on Midnight’s Children, Greg Doran on All’s Well That Ends Well and also with Greg she was the Associate Director on the groundbreaking motion capture production of The Tempest in 2017. She directed The RSC’s First Encounters Tempest for The Swan and UK tour. She has also been the RSC International and National Youth Ensemble director since 2008, as well as an RSC Education Associate Practitioner.
Aileen teaches her new method of acting, The Gonsalves Method, at various drama institutions nationally and internationally. She was was Head of the MA in Acting at Artsed Drama School 2011-2015, Head of Acting at Drama Studio London 2018-19. Currently teaching actors and directors at RADA and UWL.
Aileen is the Artistic Director of Butterfly Theatre, directing productions using The Gonsalves Method and is writing a book due to be published by Bloomsbury at the end of 2020 - 'Shakespeare and Meisner' for the New Arden Shakespeare Performance Series.