A graduate of Glasgow University, while studying Aileen met John Binnie and together they set up Clyde Unity Theatre, an innovative company that took challenging new, original drama into community venues. As well as acting and directing, Aileen wrote a number of plays for Clyde Unity Theatre including ‘Can Ye Sew Cushions?’, and ‘Shang a Lang’ which won a Glasgow Herald Angel Award.
Her first film script ‘Sugar For My Honey’ was accepted for the National Film & Television School in Beaconsfield, where she was invited to study screenwriting. At film school, she co–wrote two films with Manu Kurewa, ‘One Sunday Morning’, and ‘Mangwana’, which won a number of awards internationally.
On graduating she was commissioned by BBC Scotland to write ‘Icing On the Cake’ and ‘Double Nougat’. Her short film, ‘Drifting’ won the Tribeca Short Film Festival Award. She directed her first feature film, ‘The Closer You Get’ for Fox Searchlight.
To date, Aileen has written over 30 hours of television for shows including ‘Take The High Road’ and ‘River City’. She has created two radio plays and a number of short pieces – the most recent of which was ‘Maggie’s Story’, a short suffragette film for BBC Online. Her stage play for the Traverse Theatre, ‘The Juju Girl’, is published by Nick Herne Books.
In 2006 Aileen was appointed Writer in Residence for Asylum Seekers & Refugees by Glasgow City Council. Through this she met a number of young Asylum Seekers & Refugees who were struggling to find their place in Glasgow and with them set up a drama group. The aim was to give them a voice in their community; this group was to become Ignite Theatre.
Ignite Theatre has grown, making original work which tells important stories from the life experiences of group members. Aileen has scripted over 15 original plays with the group. Ignite has nurtured integration, attracting children and young people from all parts of the community and creating a beneficial free resource for all.
Aileen is a regular guest Lecturer in Film & Screenwriting at Napier University.
She is currently working on a number of new writing projects.
A graduate in Theatre Studies of the University of Ghent (Belgium), Kim has worked in the arts in Glasgow for over 13 years. After starting out as administrator for various theatre companies like Toonspeak, Birds of Paradise and 7:84 Theatre, she managed the Springburn based music charity New Rhythms For Glasgow for ten years.
More recently Kim worked as freelance Fundraiser / Development Manager for a range of organisations including Glasgow Connected Arts Network and The Cumnock Tryst. She is also Director on the board of SeeThinkMake, a Community Interest Company, promoting the Arts Award in Scotland
Half of our directors are elected from our young members, representing the views and ambitions of the wider membership.
Fatma Mahfoudh – Chair
Euan Ferguson – Secretary
Ryan James – Treasurer