Alba Rosa Albanese is an artist, writer, and director born in Brooklyn, New York to Brazilian and Italian immigrant parents. She speaks several languages and has a multi-cultural heritage. On her debut stage performance, The New York Times penned, “Alba is a slithering siren as the Red Queen.” Alba is also known professionally as Ava Lee Scott, a performance artist and creator in immersive theater experiences with emerging technology. She created several theatre experiences in New York, and performed for Film Festivals around the country including; Tribeca Film Festival, Future of Storytelling Summit, North Bend Film Festival, Overlook Film Festival, and Lincoln Center’s New York Film Festival. In addition to acting and performing stunts in theater, films, and television, Alba wrote and performed her character in the Off-Broadway show, Sleep No More 2011-2019, she wrote the book and lyrics, and performed in the off-Broadway immersive musical Serenade, and wrote and performed in a one-woman immersive show with AR for New York Film Festival. Alba also partnered with Microsoft to create her Avatar, The Oracle Annabellee, in an interacting live storytelling experience, where theatre and technology merge. She created a multi-platform experience, Home of Enchantments, where viewers follow the narrative alongside the different storytelling platforms, which includes immersive theatre, film, a television series, and the latest in XR emerging technology. Alba is a graduate of the Sandford Meisner professional acting conservatories in New York. She trained with William Esper, Maggie Flanigan, Terry Knickerbocker, Alec Baldwin, Ellen Geer, at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, Shakespeare with Ellen Geer and at The New School. Alba co-founded Actors Theater of NYC, a nonprofit theater company, and launched her independent production company, Brooklyn Girl Inc, to develop and produce untold stories of women, and people who are marginalized in our community and the world.
Alba is a NYC ARTIST CORPS, NYC Cultural Affairs and NYFA Artist Grant recipient, and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
The New York Times interview
After the show, I spoke with Ava Lee Scott, its writer-director, about the appeal of this fluid and interactive 19th-century performance style. “It comes down to a longing for human contact,” she said. “Today, everything is dehumanized by technology. We miss the intimacy of the Gilded Age — a handwritten letter, flowers at the door, giving a lock of hair, looking into someone’s eyes, feeling a human touch. There is a void today, and people want connections. We want storytelling and poetry in our lives.”