Alba Rosa Albanese is an actor, 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 performs in television, film, and theatre. She is a graduate of the Sanford Meisner Conservatory programs in New York City, she trained with William Esper 2001-2005, Maggie Flanigan 2007-2010, and with Terry Knickerbocker 2021-2020. She studied classical theater at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, with Alec Baldwin at South Hampton College, and at the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum with Ellen Geer in Los Angeles.
Alba performed in several TV Shows and Films including; NBC’s Law & Order: Criminal Intent, AMC’s Dietland, Amazon’s The Tick, Netflix’s The Good Cop, Darren Aronofsky‘s Noah, Joss Whedon‘s The Avengers, Tony Scott‘s The Taking of Pelham 123, CBS FBI: Most Wanted, Michael Cuesta‘s Tell Tale, The Shoemaker, and in Showtime’s Billions.
Alba is also a performance artist, and creator in immersive theater experiences with emerging technology, aka Ava Lee Scott. 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 performing in theater, films, and television, Alba wrote, and performed her character, the Oracle, in the off-Broadway show, Sleep No More, she created, wrote the book and lyrics, and performed in the off-Broadway immersive musical, SERENADE, which was featured in The New York Times and The New York Times Explorer, she also performed in a one-woman immersive show with emerging technology, The Raven, at The American Irish Historical Society, based on the life of Edgar Allan Poe, which was an official selection for Lincoln Center’s New York Film Festival.
Alba partnered and performed with Microsoft to create her Avatar, Annabellee, As above So Below, in an interacting live storytelling experience, where live theatre and technology merge. It was an official selection of,Future of Storytelling Summit. She was also among the first actors to perform in a live interactive theater and tv virtual experience for Warner Media, Amazon Prime, Little Cinema Studio Premieres during the beginning of the pandemic in 2020.
In 2022, Alba partnered with ChalkNotes, a technology company, to create a mixed reality, storytelling experience on the Brooklyn Bridge, Emily Was Here. Tickets are on sale now.
Alba is a recipient of the NYC ARTIST CORPS, NYC Cultural Affairs and NYFA Artist Grant. She was awarded the grant to develop her interactive and Multi platform play, Queen of Jacks, the reading premiered along with an evening of original plays she produced, Songs of our Mothers, Stories of our Fathers, which inaugurated the Cherry Lane Theater’s studio theater in New York City.
Alba 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.”