BIO

Alba Rosa Albanese is an American actor, 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; Apple TV Extrapolations, NBC’s Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Amazon Prime's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel & The Tick, Netflix’s The Good Cop, Darren Aronofsky‘s NoahJoss Whedon‘s The AvengersTony Scott‘s The Taking of Pelham 123, Wolf Entertainment's FBI: Most WantedMichael Cuesta‘s Tell TaleThe Shoemaker, and 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 MOREshe created, wrote the book and lyrics, and performed in the off-Broadway immersive musical, SERENADEwhich 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 SummitShe was also among the first actors to perform in a live interactive theater and tv virtual experience for Warner Media, TNT, Amazon Prime, Little Cinema Studio Premieres during the beginning of the Pandemic in 2020. 


Alba co-founded a nonprofit theatre company, ATNYC, Actors Theater of NYC, and a mixed-reality multimedia immersive storytelling studio, NYCXR, New York City XR, the company's first mixed media production, Emily Was Here XR, is currently live on the Brooklyn Bridge.


In 2023, Alba's play QUEEN OF JACKS had it's World Premiere at The Chain Theatre in New York City. She is currently in pre-production for the film.


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.”

“...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.”