The Break Out
Laughing Brain Trust
Scott Urban is a Chicago
born singer, songwriter, actor, author, playwright and
lyricist of the soon to be classical musical, “Love In The
Middle Ages,” bon vivant and all around good guy.
For the last 20 years Scott has
also run Urban Consulting, an outsourced human resource
company specializing in employee alignment. He has worked
extensively with both small and large companies and has
learned, first hand, how difficult it is to stay focused
through day long meetings.
Having passed 60, Scott still
has no idea of what he wants to be on the off chance he
should ever grow up.
enjoys a wealth of experiences derived from a body of work
that includes almost every aspect of the show business
industry. He is a veteran of over 75 theatrical productions
and more than 800 commercial, industrial, and trade shows.
Beginning as a singer in
Chicago-area night clubs, he quickly became a featured
player in the musicals "Man of La Mancha", "Fiddler on the
Roof", "1776", "Mame" and "Most Happy Fella". He has been a
corporate spokesman, stage manager, and director for
multi-media industrial productions worldwide, for such
clients as Century 21, Davol, Merck, Nikken, Merle Norman,
Siemens, Foundry Networks, ACE Cable Awards.
No stranger to working with
well known artist he has worked with industry giants
like Paul Anka, Sammy Davis Jr., Natalie Cole, Robert Klein,
Ben Vereen, Robert Goulet , George Hamilton and many other
well known celebrities. Mr Lane most recently directed the
HSM World Business Forum at Radio City Music Hall for which
he coordinated Jack Welch, Colin Powell, Rudy Giuliani, and
President Bill Clinton.
For the past several decades,
Carla Gordon’s talents have spanned both the business
world and the world of cabaret. By day, Gordon has guided
thousands of candidates of candidates to success at the
rigorous Certified Financial Planner examination as a
trainer, writer and professor at De Paul University. She is
the principal writer of the Personal Financial Specialist
Examination offered by the American Institute of Certified
Public Accountants. At other times, however, Gordon wears
different hats, and has become a nationally recognized
singer/songwriter. In addition to performing in solo shows
saluting such notables as Beatrice Arthur and Sophie Tucker,
Gordon appears and directs showcases frequently with the
Chicago Cabaret Professionals on whose Board of Directors
she serves. She produced, directed, wrote, and appeared in
Eleven, a tribute to the tenth anniversary of the events of
September 11, 2001. The concert, which was presented to a
sold out audience at the Illinois Holocaust Museum, was also
the subject of a feature article in the Chicago Tribune Arts
Carla writes custom material
for singers around the country. Her original ballad, “The
Voice In Your Heart,” closed the Cabaret Conference at Yale
University. She is also the Midwest reporter/reviewer for
Cabaret Scenes Magazine. After the New York City Debut of
Gordon’s Bea Arthur show, reviewer Bob Barnett called
Gordon, “Hilarious…show stopping….moving.” Ageless called
Gordon “A gem!” Darned few hold an undergraduate degree in
Theater and a Master’s of Science in Financial Services.
Carla Gordon is in a unique position to analyze and deliver
the entertainment needs of businesses in many arenas.
Jack Briseno. This
family man and Chicago native, brings a vast and eclectic
range of experience to the table. An accomplished musician,
who has played across the country with many Old Town School
of Music ensembles, a published artist and illustrator,
having begun that career as a display artist for Jewel, and
eventually launching Rock Spectacular a magazine he
helped publish with W. Clement Stone. Jack has owned his
own restaurant, an ice-cream shop, a folk-rock pub and a
fishing lodge. Currently, Jack provides theatrical and
technical support for a marketing and production company
whose clients include: Hyatt Corporation, Brown’s Chicken
and the Tilted Kilt.
Formally trained in x-ray
technology, Jack has helped design x-ray systems and
equipment for China and South Africa. For the past fifteen
years, he has been a proud member of I.A.T.S.E. and has
dedicated his talents as a video engineer and cameraman to
the Chicago convention and entertainment scene. Jack has
appeared on film and on stage, but prefers to be backstage
and behind the scenes. His stage manager roles include such
credits as: Carl Reiner, Marvin Hamlisch, Paula Poundstone,
George H. Bush, Barack Obama, and his favorite, Ron Santo.
Jack is excited to be part of our crew and looks forward to
supporting you in any way he can.