The world of cinema originally drew Chicago native, Scott Crawford, to Los Angeles. An actor since the age of seven, young Scott performed all over the Chicago area as well as at the famed Lyric Opera House of Chicago and sang with the acclaimed folk music group, the Limelighters. After he obtained his Masters of Fine Art at Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, Scott moved to New York and .began his stage career in the Big Apple. He displayed his skill in a plethora of stage productions on Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway. He did 14 major films including Raging Bull. At his agent’s suggestion, Scott left New York for Los Angeles in 1986 and took up residence in Silver Lake where he continued to pursue his acting career. He is the recipient of five Dramalogue awards.
Crawford has also turned his eye towards community service. He was elected to the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council Governing Board for Region 1 during which time he also served as an advisor to Make Music Los Angeles, the Silver Lake Jubilee and the Sunset Free Clinic. As a member and a writer of the bi-laws of the governing board for the Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council, Scott founded Theater Partners in Residence with the City of LA Recreation and Parks Department. The program allowed 99-seat theatres to use park space for rehearsals and performances in exchange for teaching classes. For his work in mentoring students who participated in the Cleveland Media Academy at Grover Cleveland High School in Los Angeles, the academy named their media award, “The Scottie” in his honor. For seventeen years Scott was Artistic Director of Dillon Street Players and 2 of their original works have been published.
Crawford’s love of architecture made him seek the presidency of the Friends of Hollyhock House from 2000 to 2006. During that period, Scott helped raise $17 million for Phase One of the restoration project. He was instrumental in having the historic home declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and listed in the National Register of Historic Resources. He served as Co-Chair of Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy Conference in 2005 and also founded Archifest (A celebration of Los Angeles Architecture). Scott founded and helped write the bi-laws of the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation, served as Vice President for three years and also served as Vice President of Friends of Hollyhock House. Scott has volunteered for a variety of Los Angeles organizations including the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center, AIDS Project Los Angeles, and founded the Shanti “Empty Bowls Project, rewarded his efforts in the fight against AIDS/HIV with several special honors. The Theatre of Hope for Abused Women also rewarded him with the Outreach Program Award. The Mayberry, King and Le Conte Schools all participate in Barnsdall Arts programs due to Scott’s efforts.