T H E L I F E S T O R Y
I was born Scott Patrick Sawa in 1985 in LaGrange, IL, a southwest suburb of Chicago, to Stanley and Mary Sawa. My Dad is a Home Inspector, and my Mom, well she's dead now (yeah, it's a bummer), she was the stay-at-home anchor of the family. I have two sisters, one who lives in Florida with her husband and daughter (my AMAZING niece Reagan), and another, an elementary school teacher, who lives nearby and I'm lucky to call one of my best friends.
I've lived in Illinois my whole life, which is not something I'd ever expected to be able to say at 32 years. Grew up in Countryside, which while it sounds like a farm town, is actually not much more than a mile-long strip of car dealerships and fast food franchises, a few miles from Chicago city limits. I went to Catholic School for Pre-K through High School, which looking back on it, I've realized has infused me with the values of kindness and mercy that I like to think I try to live by. For college, I majored in Acting at Illinois State University, which offered me a break from all those Catholic values.
After I graduated, I spent a year saving up living at my parents house, and then moved to Chicago. And since then it's been a whizz-bam fever dream of artistic collaboration, physical and mental exploration, and meaningful connections as I've carved out a place for myself in the Chicago storefront theater community.
Since then, I've worked. Set some goals, achieved them, started again. I've created a web series; designed props for several plays; improvised; beat up a guy in a scene with a gigantic, er, phallus; acted in an Equity show; filmed a commercial; produced successful theater events; wrote sketches and hosted variety shows; played Abraham Lincoln in a one man show for over 250 performances; ran a marathon; roasted one of my best friends; acted, sang, and even danced in as many plays as I could; and auditioned and auditioned and auditioned.
The following three words are guiding me:
- PROLIFIC - Work all the time, as often as possible.
- GRATITUDE - Thank Everyone, All the Time.
- RISK - Take the risk and own it. Don't be boring.