Ethical and Strategic Projects in Entertainment, Real Estate, and Education,
in a modern, changing world under Brando Crawford's leadership
“The Best Theatre to Watch Today” TimeOut NewYork
Crawford is the Director and Board President of Acting for a Cause/ChangeCon. (actingforacause.org) Crawford also sits on the board of his mother’s non-profit International Foundation for Education and Innovation.
In late 2020, Crawford financially supported, actively fundraised, and/or actively volunteered for the Entertainment Industry Foundation, Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago, Know Your Rights Camp, Face Forward LA, Center for Jewish Life Chicago, Lifeline Theatre in Chicago, and Davidic Dynasty.
Variety.com Articles on Funds Raised:
Crawford composed and wrote lyrics for Chicago-based hip hop artist, Frenchii2x in a viral video addressing the Chicago riots in 2020. He continues to write music and plays piano and guitar on a daily basis. He has also studied woodwinds, ukulele and harp.
You can view covers and music composed by Brando on his personal social media account:
Adaptive Reuse and Real Estate:
In May 2020, Crawford and his mother purchased the Hales Mansion (Oak Park’s largest privately owned mansion) for a considerable discount of $1.575 million dollars. The property was turn key for residential use, but required 500,000 in investment to adapt it for commercial use and to host their non profits.
Crawford runs Brando Crawford and Associates, a real estate management firm, managing a $10 million portfolio of real estate holdings focused in the historic community of Oak Park, IL with one Farmstead in Amish Country in Shipshewana, IN.
In line with an ethical approach to investing, 90% of the properties are rented to single mothers with a creative approach allowing for bi-monthly payments, lower credit scores, and a personal connection to each tenant.
When developing his portfolio, Brando Crawford used only his college savings fund to purchase his first three flat, which has since more than doubled in value. Now at 22 units of property, Crawford continues to buy wedge deals at a rapid pace with plans to manage a 100M portfolio by 2025.
Crain’s Chicago Business:
Brando Crawford serves as Executive Director of The Language and Music School (see www.internationalmansion.com) an educational establishment offering private lessons in language, music and academic tutoring and a progressive "homeschool in school" PreK- 8th Grade program.
The school was originally founded by his mother in 1994- together they run both aspects of the school.
“Mansion or School” -Wednesday Journal, Chicago Sun-Times
Disrupt Education Podcast:
Crawford began his career serving as both an actor and consultant for the 2010 music video "Make it Stop" by the activist band Rise Against in collaboration with the It Gets Better Project.
The video has 33 million views to date.
In 2013, Jacob Davis of the Chicago Critic said "Brando Crawford is an Excellent Actor" regarding his performance as Benjamin Sudel in Steep Theatre’s National Premiere of Martyr by Marius Von Mayenburg. Crawford worked with producer Ron Howard and Brian Grazer when forming New Form Incubator’s short films.
Crawford was on the team of “Fine Tuned” where he was also featured as a leading role. Fine Tuned was picked up as a television series, renamed "Algorythym", recast, and released in 2015.
While in a show on Broadway in Chicago, Crawford lead fundraising efforts for Equity fights AIDS.
Crawford worked as a professional actor until 2016 and left the industry in order to focus on his other interests and passion but returned to the arts in March of 2020 with Acting for a Cause.
Crawford is the founder, director and President of Acting for a Cause, a production company whose mission statement reads “Art for the sake of art and impact.”.
In 2020, Crawford joined Faith Sparrow-Crawford as an executive producer on Finn Wolfhard's directorial debut, "Night Shifts".
Bravura Podcast interview:
Crawford sits on the Board of the Hemingway Business District in Oak Park. He also created and moderates the Oak Park Residents’s online forum with over 4,000 active members.
On a personal note, Brando Crawford is both descended from Enrico Fermi, a noble prize winning physicist and is the spokesperson and international representative of the King David Legacy Center, himself a descendant on both his mother and father’s paternal lineages.
Crawford strongly believes in doing everything you love with reservations and feels his view toward his work is best summed up with Bob Dylan’s quote “Don’t say what you are going to do, just do it”.
You can learn more about Brando Crawford’s work and view his projects at www.brandocrawford.com
Learn about Brando:
Brando Crawford is known for his creative activism, non-profit work, music composition, real estate development/acquisition specializing in adaptive reuse, his work as a producer/director in Hollywood, as a classically trained actor, as a pioneer in alternative education, and as a local community leader in the Frank Lloyd Wright District in Oak Park, IL.
“He is a Visionary"
-Michael Halberstam, Chicago Tribune, 2020
“A Chicago producer-director named Brando Crawford has set up his own charity called Acting for a Cause, and has been gathering very impressive casts of young Hollywood stars for super-casual live Zoom readings of classic plays and screenplays.”
- TimeOut NewYork, 2020
Previous readings have featured Oscar Nominee Florence Pugh, Emmy nominee Margaret Qualley, Ruby Rose, Madelaine Petsch, Natalia Dyer, David Corenswet, Melissa Barrera, Jacob Elordi, Cameron Monaghan, Zazie Beatz, Alexander Hodge, Brandon Flynn, Auli’i Cravahlo, Alex Wolff, Michael Gandolfini, Justice Smith and Hari Nef.
Classic plays and screenplays include Oscar winner Kenneth Lonergan’s This is Our Youth, John Hughes’s “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”, Jason Reitman’s Oscar Nominated screenplay “Up in the Air”. Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, Midsummer Night’s Dream by Shakespeare, “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde, “Pride and Prejudice” Jane Austen, and “Jane Eyre” Charlotte Brontë.