Tommy Crawford is an actor, musician and Drama Desk-nominated composer.
As an actor, recent roles and productions include Paul McCartney in Only Yesterday (59e59 Theaters (currently playing); Northern Stage), Carl Perkins in Million Dollar Quartet (Weston Playhouse), Once (Northern Stage) Veil'd (The Women's Project), One Man, Two Guvnors (Florida Studio Theatre), SeaWife (White Heron Theater; Naked Angels / South Street Seaport), MetroCards (Youngblood / Ensemble Studio Theater), Heresy and These Seven Sicknesses (The Flea), and Ex Machina (NY Fringe). Tommy has appeared in readings, workshops, concerts, and productions at numerous New York and regional venues, including The Flea (where Tommy was a member of the resident acting company The Bats from 2009-2012), Ensemble Studio Theater, Joe's Pub, Naked Angels, New York Stage & Film, Northern Stage, The Cape Cod Theater Project, The Lark, New York Theater Workshop, The Cell, Ars Nova, Theater Row, The Invisible Dog, and Galapagos Art Space. Tommy has also been featured in several independent feature films and short student films.
Recent theater composing/songwriting credits include SeaWife (2016 Drama Desk Nomination, Outstanding Music in a Musical, with The Lobbyists; Liz Carlson dir.); From Cold Lake, an episodic radio play set in small-town Minnesota (The PIT, Colin Waitt dir.); and The Burial at Thebes (UCSD/La Jolla Playhouse, Sarah Wansley dir.). Arranging and music direction credits include SeaWife and Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, which Tommy radically re-imagined for the stage with director Michael Moran (first at UCSD’s MFA program at The La Jolla Playhouse, then with site-specific Oakland, CA-based company Ubuntu), adding a full score of contemporary and traditional a cappella folk and spiritual music, as well as The Tempest (Saratoga Shakespeare), One Man Two Guvnors, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (both with Chautauqua Theater Company). Current projects include Cry Eden, a reimagining of the Cain and Abel story (with Patrick Barrett and Sarah Wansley); Nia, an adaptation of the Iphegenia story into small-town Southern Gothic and military culture (with Sarah Wansley and Jessica Kahkoska); an adaptation of Brecht’s Galileo (with Sarah Wansley); and several new pieces with The Lobbyists.
Tommy is bandleader/music director, a co-founder, and a principal songwriter of NYC-based band and theater collective The Lobbyists. The Lobbyists’ music and theatrical pieces have been workshopped with New York Stage & Film, Ars Nova, the Rhinebeck Writer's Retreat, Musical Theater Factory, Joe’s Pub, the Cape Cod Theater Project, and more, and produced in Off-Broadway in New York City and regionally in Massachusetts.
Tommy is a lifetime artist member of Ensemble Studio Theater and a graduate of Yale University. Tommy lives on the Upper West Side with his wife, director Sarah Elizabeth Wansley, his sourdough starter, and many many instruments.