ABOUT

AVA LEE SCOTT BIOGRAPHY

Ava Lee Scott is a Performing Artist, Actress, VR Content Creator and Artistic Director, born in Brooklyn, New York. Formal training began at The Lee Strasberg Theater Institute, classical theater studies followed at The New School and Southampton College with Alec Baldwin, where he cast her as Blanche Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire and finally a graduate of the Sanford Meisner technique with William Esper 2001-2004 and Maggie Flanigan 2007-2010. In 2011 through 2017, Ava created and performed as the Gypsy Alchemist Annabella in the Off Broadway show Sleep No More, and a children's show called Potions & Planting. In addition to the Off Broadway show, she performed in over 40 Immersive shows from 2011 to 2017 produced at The McKittrick Hotel. In 2014, Ava created Serenade; an immersive musical production based on a poem by Edgar Allan Poe, she wrote the book and lyrics and played the lead character Lilith. In 2016, Ava created an immersive theater experience, "Tennessee on Hudson", celebrating the life of America’s great playwright Tennessee Williams. In 2017, Ava founded and is the Artistic Director of Actors Theater of NYC. ATNYC is a multidisciplinary acting company that develops and produces original works of art in theater, immersive theater, film, VR and multimedia.

 In 2018, Ava created ANNABELLEE as above, so below, a multidimensional experience, to be performed in every storytelling platform; VR/AR, Interactive Website, Phone APP, Immersive Theater Experience and an Original Scripted Supernatural Series with 22 Episodes. Annabellee VR Experience, is being produced by AltspaceVR/Microsoft's international social virtual reality platform, launching in May, 2018.

Ava's inspirations are Anne Frank, Rosa Parks, Albert Einstein, Bruce Lee, Edgar Allan Poe, Martin Luther King, Marina Abramovic, Eleonora Duse, Rainer Maria Rilke, Martha Graham, Anaïs Nin, Ava Gardner, Ridley Scott, Maya Angelou, John Cassavetes, Tennessee Williams, Walt Whitman, Robert De Niro, Elon Musk, Michael Bloomberg and her mother who continues to guide her. Ava's mentors are William Esper and Maggie Flanigan with whom she trained the Sanford Meisner technique in acting.

Ava believes in the power and responsibility of storytelling. “It is our responsibility as storytellers to give a voice to the voiceless and to shine a light on all corners of the world.”

                                                                                          

Founder and Artistic Director of Actors Theater of NYC 

Actors Theater of NYC is a multidisciplinary acting company developing and producing original diverse works of art in theater, immersive theater, film, VR and multimedia.

https://atnyc.org/

Pre-Production 

A N N A B E L L E E - A Multidimensional Experience Creator, Performer 

Annabellee is a multi-platform story meant to be experienced in different ways at different times. It's designed to evolve alongside advances in technology so that it can meet participants wherever they are over time, including:
•an immersive theatre experience
•a 22-episode scripted series (season 1)
•an interactive website
•an app for VR/AR experiences
•live experiences through socialVR platform, AltspaceVR
Annabellee, the Oracle, is the character who anchors these disparate pieces. The narrative is built around the 22 "Major Arcana" cards in Tarot. Participants begin the story as "The Fool," and every card grants a new one-on-one live experience with characters in the show, including experiences in hidden chambers in both the real and virtual worlds. Through Annabellee, they journey through the 22 paths of the Tree of Life--and as they do, their "profile" evolves, driving deeper engagement with the story universe.
Annabellee VR Microsoft AltspaceVR May 2018 

https://www.instagram.com/annabellee_experience/

Emily was here Writer, Performer 

Dedicate to Emily Roebling 

On the anniversary of her lover's death, a woman finds herself overcome with anxiety. She decides to cross the Brooklyn Bridge to go home. A stranger approaches her, concerned for her mental and emotional state. He decides to walk her across the bridge. She soon realizes he's no stranger at all. Written By Ava Lee Scott  

A graphic novel and a short film about a woman’s journey over the Brooklyn Bridge. 

https://www.instagram.com/anthologypictures/

Past Productions:

Citizen Kane Nightmares on Wax 2017 Art Direction 

https://vimeo.com/242368082

ART https://www.nowness.com/story/nightmares-on-wax-citizen-kane

Sleep No More 2011-2017 Performer, Created the character 

Created and performed the character Annabella the Gypsy Alchemist Witch in the Off Broadway Immersive Show based on Shakespeare's Macbeth  

https://mckittrickhotel.com/

Tennessee on Hudson 2017 Creator, Producer & Performer 

An Immersive Theater experience with several Tennessee Williams plays. Set in New Orleans, guests are invited to explore the world of Tennessee Williams in an immersive experience with music, dance and intimate performances.

https://m.facebook.com/ActorsTheaterNY

The Magicians - Hall of Magic 2017 Performer 

The Oracle in the installation of The Magicians

https://clios.com/entertainment/winner/20681

Serenade 2014 - 2015 creator, writer, director, actor & producer

An Immersive Musical theatrical experience based on the poem by Edgar Allan Poe. 

 www.serenadenyc.com

Storytelling 2011-2014 creator & producer

 https://m.facebook.com/StorytellingNyc/

Donnybrook 2010 producer

https://vimeo.com/59042363

The Shoemaker 2010 actor & producer 

http://gb.imdb.com/title/tt1821670/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_1

Posttags 2004 writer, director & producer 

https://vimeo.com/59332870

Urban Survivors  Rio 2002 ( writer, director & producer )

https://vimeo.com/97853659

SAG/AFTRA Union Actor 1996 - present

Union Stunts Performer 2004 - present 

Graduate Training; Acting, Voice, Speech, Movement, Script Analysis, Shakespeare, Western Canon, Mask

The Maggie Flanigan Studio

Graduate 2007-2010

Master class 2007 & 2016

The William Esper Studio

Graduate 2001-2004

Life in Art 

1982 Artist Art was selected to be displayed at the Art Exhibit Brooklyn Salute for Creative Youth

1990 Schools Storytelling Champion

1996 -Present Lifetime Member Screen Actors Guild/AFTRA

1998 Performer/Dancer - The Red Queen The Joyce Theater Soho Looking Glass Dancer Press: The New York Times “The Libido & Literature as Inspiration”

1999 Dramatic Arts Training Method Acting The Lee Strasberg Institute NYC

2001-2004 Dramatic Arts/Sanford Meisner Technique with legendary William Esper The William Esper Studio NYC

2002 Producer/Director Documentary - Urban Survivors about children surviving in the slums of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2004 Fundraiser Creator/Producer/Director/Performer American Cancer Society Angels for a Cause A nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem.

2004 Training Dramatic Arts Classical Theater with Alec Baldwin South Hampton College

2005 Producer/Writer/Director Posttags Story of a veteran surviving with PTSD in NYC *Film festival selection for best narrative short / Rome International Film Festival

2005 - Present Stunt Performer TV/Film: The Tick, Civil, Law & Order SVU & CI, Life on Mars, Believe, Tell Tale, Taking of Pelham 123, Zarra’s Law, Step Up, Righteous Kill, The Avengers, Noah

2006 Performer Tangle Show to support The 9/11 Fund and lower Manhattan

2007-2010 Professional Acting Conservatory Graduate Trained with the legendary Maggie Flanigan at The Maggie Flanigan Studio Awarded full work scholarship Shakespeare, Actors Movement, Western Canon, Voice and Speech

2007 & 2016 Master class with Maggie Flanigan

2010 Carol Cutrere in Orpheus Descending TENN99 Labyrinth Theater celebrating Tennessee Williams birthday with 24 hour readings of all his plays

2009-2012 Volunteer New York Inter-Group Bring recovery to women prisoners in Rikers Island, New York City Department of Corrections

2010 Producer/Actor The Shoemaker A 1950s story about an Italian American Shoemaker and his Wife.

2011-2017 Performer Sleep No More Off Broadway NY Created and performed the character Annabella The Medium, The Gypsy, The Alchemist in the show

2011 Writer/Actor DORM a play The story of a young woman’s death in prison and the lives of the women in Rikers Island.

2011-2014 Creator/Producer/Director Storytelling events at The McKittrick Hotel

2011-2017 Actor Performed over 30 characters in over 30 shows/events at The McKittrick Hotel NYC 

2011-2017 Actor Potions & Planting Performer in Children’s show at Sleep No More

2013 Creator/Producer Girl Be Heard Non Profit Organization Stories about sex trafficking where girls from this theater company told stories about sex trafficking. Girl Be Heard develops, amplifies, and celebrates the voices of young women through socially conscious theatre-making.

2014 Writer/Actor Emily Was Here – a film Dedicated to Emily Roebling, who helped build the Brooklyn Bridge and the first person to walk over the bridge. Emily Was Here is the story of a woman mourning her lovers death on the Brooklyn Bridge. She meets a stranger who helps her cross, she soon realizes he’s no stranger at all. Currently can be seen as a graphic novel on instagram.

2014 Producer/Creator DreamYard Non-Profit Organization Created a show and fundraiser for DreamYard in memory of Philip Seymour Hoffman, who was on the board of this organization which collaborates with Bronx youth, families and schools to build pathways to equity and opportunity through the arts.

2014-2015 Creator/Producer/Writer/Director/Actor Serenade Off Broadway NY An Immersive Musical based on a poem by Edgar Allan Poe

2015-2016 Concierge Specialist One World Observatory Top of One World Trade Center Created the Concierge Department at One Dine/One World Observatory

2016 Performer Life is Priceless Foundation NY Performed for this foundation which supports those (sufferers and caretakers) who are struggling or have struggles with major depression and suicide.

2016 Nominated for Best Supporting Actress in Tunnelvision at the Sparrow Film Project Gala screened at the Museum of the Moving Image

2017 Solo Performer in The Hall of Magic Immersive Installation at The William Vale Hotel, The Oracle based on the Sci-Fi TV show The Magician

2017 Art Director for Citizen Kane New Orleans film about a man on his deathbed and finding peace with his life.

2017 Creator/Producer/Actor Tennessee on Hudson Immersive Promenade Theatrical Experience, this original experience is based on 12 plays and 38 characters by Tennessee Williams and celebrating his birthday in a New Orleans themed setting.

2017 Creator/Producer/Actor Annabella’s Gypsy Salon A celebration of the Gypsy Annabella in Sleep No More with Songs and Stories based on the 22 Major Arcana Tarot Cards.

2017 - Present Founder/ Co-Artistic Director/ Producer/Actor Actors Theater of NYC, aka ATNYC. Actors Theater of NYC is a nonprofit organization supporting diversity in theater, film and multimedia. Our mission is to illuminate the human experience through storytelling in theater, film and multimedia.

2017- Present Producer, Creator, Actor The Elevator Series. An original instagram series.

2018 Creator ANNABELLEE as above, so below. A multidimensional experience. Annabellee story is told on all multimedia and theatrical platforms, including Virtual Reality, Immersive Theater, 22 Episodes in an Original scripted series, an Interactive website and App in AR.

 

Artistic​ ​Director/Founder

ACTORS THEATER OF NYC March 2017 – Present

● Responsibility for development and production

● Organized and facilitated weekly company meetings

● Secured locations and project financing

● Created a collaborative and progressive atmosphere for company members to thrive in


Performer/Creator of my character, story and experiences 

SLEEP NO MORE, Off Broadway Show, NYC May 2011 – August 2017

● Created and performed the character Annabella for the show

● Performed a variety of characters in over twenty-four Sleep No More events

● Performed in Sleep No More’s children’s show “Potions and Planting”

● Created and Produced several Storytelling Events at Sleep No More

 

Creator/Producer/Performer

TENNESSEE ON HUDSON, Off Broadway Show October 2016 - March 2017

● Created the audience interactive, site specific and immersive show with 12 Tennessee Williams plays happening at once

● Performed as the lead character Blanche Dubois

● Responsible for securing location, finance, press, talent and rehearsals for 38 performers

● Responsible for producing successful sold out shows

 

Concierge​ ​Specialist

LEGENDS HOSPITALITY, One World Trade Center, NYC April 2015 – Aug 2016

● Created Concierge department for One World Observatory/One Restaurant

● Responsible for VIP guests, tours, reservations and greetings

● Created a unique, personalized experience for all guests

● Giving personal tours with knowledge about the 1 World Trade Center and Lower Manhattan

 

Producer/Director/Performer

SERENADE, Off Broadway Show, NYC May 2014 – August 2016

● Creator, Writer, Producer, Director and Performer

● Successfully created a show with a sold out run for eight months

● Responsible for casting, hiring, writing, rehearsing, directing, costuming and props

● Responsible for acquiring investors for the show

Actor,​ ​Producer​ ​and​ ​Stunt​ ​Performer

SAG/AFTRA January 1996 – Present

● Working Union Actress/Stunt Woman in Theatre, Television and Film

● SAG-AFTRA Union member since 1996

● See Actor’s Resume for further details (available on request)

 

NON-PROFIT,​ ​FUNDRAISING​ ​AND​ ​VOLUNTEER​ ​WORK

2016 Life is Priceless Foundation ​- ​Performed for this foundation which supports those (sufferers and caretakers) who are struggling or have struggles with major depression and suicide NY.

2014 DreamYard Non-Profit Organization - ​Created a show and fundraiser for DreamYard in memory of Philip Seymour Hoffman, who was on the board of this organization which collaborates with Bronx youth, families and schools to build pathways to equity and opportunity through the arts.

2013 Girl Be Heard Non-Profit Organization - Created a storytelling event about sex trafficking where girls from this theater company told stories about sex trafficking. Girl Be Heard develops, amplifies, and celebrates the voices of young women through socially conscious theatre-making.

2009-2012 New York Inter-Group (NYIG) ​- ​Volunteered bringing recovery meetings to women prisoners in Rikers Island New York City Department of Corrections NY.

2003 American Cancer Society ​- ​Created, produced, directed and performed in "Angels for a Cause" a show and fundraiser for The American Cancer Society a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem.

 

ADDITIONAL​ ​SKILLS

Great working in production and in fast paced environment.

Great working in guest services and communicate effectively.

Speaks several languages; fluent Portuguese, Spanish.

Available to travel with US Passport and Brazilian Passport.

N.Y. State Drivers License.