BIO

Alba Rosa Albanese is an American actress born in Brooklyn, New York to Brazilian and Italian parents. She speaks several languages and has a multi-cultural heritage. She works in film, television, and theater.

Alba is also known professionally as Ava Lee Scott, a performance artist and creator in immersive theater experiences with emerging technology.

Alba is a graduate of the Sanford Meisner Conservatory programs in New York City. She trained with William Esper 2001-2004, Maggie Flanigan 2007-2010, and Terry Knickerbocker 2020-2021. She also trained classical theater with Alec Baldwin at South Hampton College and at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute, Shakespeare at The New School in New York, and at the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum with Ellen Geer in Los Angeles.

The New York Times wrote "Alba is a Slithering Siren as The Red Queen." on her first stage performance.

Alba’s first television experience was in New York Undercover. She's been acting and performing stunts since 1996. Some notable TV Shows and Films include; NBC’s Law & Order: Criminal Intent, AMC’s Dietland, Amazon’s The Tick, Netflix’s The Good Cop, FBI Most Wanted, Darren Aronofsky‘s Noah, Joss Whedon‘s The Avengers, Tony Scott‘s The Taking of Pelham 123, Michael Cuesta‘s Tell Tale, Scott Burns Apple TV Extrapolations, The Shoemaker and in Showtime’s Billions.

Alba also created several theatre experiences in New York, she performed for Film Festivals around the country, including Tribeca Film Festival, Future of Storytelling Summit, North Bend Film Festival in Twin Peaks, and Lincoln Center’s New York Film Festival. In addition to acting in Films, Television, creating and writing shows, she wrote and performed her character in the Off-Broadway show, Sleep No More 2011-2019, and she wrote the book and lyrics, and performed in the off-Broadway immersive musical Serenade.

Alba partnered with Microsoft to create her Avatar in an interacting live storytelling experience, where Theatre and Technology merge.

She created a multi-platform experience, where viewers follow the narrative alongside the different storytelling platforms, which includes Theatre, Film, a Television Series, and the latest in Interactive Emerging Technology.

In 2021, Alba founded BKLYN GRL, an independent production company. To write, develop and produce films, and cross-platform storytelling experiences, to which she was awarded a NYC ARTS 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.”

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“…not-to-be-missed World Premiere of the immersive and intimate art performance from Ava Lee Scott”

“It comes down to a longing for human contact…

…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.”

She has a gift. She IS a gift, and one that hundreds and hundreds of people have been blessed to open and be opened by."

I was absolutely floored by Ava Lee Scott’s work in “Home of Enchantments.”

It’s a one-on-one experience where Scott plays a character named Belle, a spiritually gifted yet troubled individual who calls upon you to help her through an especially dark, trying situation.

It’s an extensive tale that requires a powerhouse performance from Scott that not only hits the beats of the story crafted, but also comes with interactive emotional elements that feel deeply personal. It’s a beautiful mix of making the participant feel vulnerable and on edge while also sending you on your way with a surprisingly full heart.

(And the fact that Scott conducted one of these shows after the next at Overlook is absolutely astounding.)"

Saunder Gusinow

Barbed Wire

“Creator Ava Lee Scott is exceedingly inventive; she’s taken the things most bothersome about immersive theatre and banished them from her work.”