Alba Rosa Albanese is an actor, artist, writer, and director born in Brooklyn, New York to Brazilian and Italian 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 works in television, films, and theatre. She is a graduate of the Sandford Meisner professional acting conservatories in New York. She trained with William Esper, Maggie Flanigan, Terry Knickerbocker, Alec Baldwin, at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, Shakespeare with Ellen Geer and at The New School.
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, she performed as Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire, for a Tennessee Williams immersive show, 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 based on the life of Poe, for New York Film Festival.
Alba partnered and performed for Microsoft to create her Avatar, The Oracle Annabellee, in an interacting live storytelling experience, where theatre and technology merge.
She wrote a supernatural television series, Home of Enchantments, based on her experience visiting Brazil and New Orleans. She designed a cross-platform experience, where viewers follow the narrative alongside the different storytelling platforms, which includes interactive theatre, a television series, and the latest in XR emerging technology.
Alba's ability to explore beyond her acting craft, and write interactive stories that inhabit everyday environments, is what makes her a unique visionary artist, but her first love is performing for the classic proscenium stage, the theatre, and cinema.
Alba lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Alba is a recipient of the NYC ARTIST CORPS, NYC Cultural Affairs and NYFA Artist Grant.
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.”