About the Playwright/Producer/Director
ELISE MAURINE MILNER, CEO/Founder of Hanging Cow Productions is first a writer, then a producer and a director, occasionally an actress, always a comedienne, and lastly, a model... citizen that is! She began her humble creative endeavors in a small town in rural Nevada with a population of just 600 people. After conquering small town community theater production in high school and college, Elise went on to study writing, acting, theatre/TV production, and broadcasting for 3 years in San Francisco and for 5 years in Los Angeles. She has worked diligently and ambitiously in every aspect of the entertainment industry from performing on stage and on television and film, to being a disc jockey and news producer for KGLE/KPTL Radio (West Coast) and helped launch and develop a television pilot for Universal Studios, Hollywood. When she came to New York City in 1999, she joined a theater company where she helped develop and performed original works on stage. In 2000, she left that company and began writing and producing her own work full time under her newly founded Hanging Cow Productions. She began prolifically writing/producing/directing and has since written 11 full scale plays and musicals and produced over 300 performances since 2001. Some of her other shows include "Who Killed Mama Souprano?" "Greased Lightning a 25 Year Comedy High School Reunion," "My Big Fat GEEK Wedding," "Hairy Plotter and the Murderous Stone," and "The Agagamy Award Show!" "The Sixth Session," and "The Answers to Apathy." In 2016, Elise took on her biggest challenge yet when she decided to try her luck at writing songs and an all original, brand new MUSICAL called "12 Steps!" About addiction and recovery, Elise has a way of taking serious subjects and making light of them while still delivering a powerful message, both in song and in dialogue.
Elise's writing has received critical acclaim from Broadway producer and Tony Award winner Hugh Hayes who called Elise "the real deal" and compared her to esteemed playwright Beth Henley (Crimes of the Heart.) Elise has also been called "the NEW Neil LaBute!" She is currently licening her shows to theaters and entertainment venues for national and international productions while she currently continues to write NEW and original works for theatre, film, and television. She strives to create material that will be both thought provoking, entertaining, and always with a deeper message, whether through comedy or serious subjects.
Why the affection for livestock? Elise has also been an accomplished, 4-H leader and professional horsewoman since the age of 14, having ridden, trained, & shown horses for over 20 years in English & Western riding, jumping, and equitation. The name of her company was actually created because of a type-O. In her spare time she enjoys travel abroad, skiing, ice skating, horseback riding, paranormal investigating, her friends and family, spirituality, and collecting 80's memorabilia. She works and resides in Manhattan, New York City.