Wednesday, July 9, 2014 Tammuz 11, 5774

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
Movie Mania
Where are the Jews? When this Sunday night's Golden Globes airs on NBC, amid the clinking and the clatter, will there be no clique of Jewish-themed films to celebrate? Hold that bagel -- what's wrong with this picture? Where are The Social Networks, The Readers, films that if not outwardly, at least inwardly are invested in Jewish jingoism that has...
Society Photo Gallery
Can Chelsea Handler's Vodka-swigged and swaggered life be the tonic for NBC's less-than-intoxicating ratings? The network seems to think so and has a toast at the ready for her new series set in a bar. Buying a round for Handler? Why not; it's easy going down: She's been a major success at nearly every project she's tried. Indeed, Chelsea in...
The Reich stuff: Abraham C. Reich , co-chair/partner at Fox Rothschild LLP, will be handed American Jewish Committee's 2012 Judge Learned Hand Award at ceremonies on Jan. 25, with the dinner set for the Rittenhouse. ... Legal, too: Richard J. Bortnick of Cozen O'Conner has been selected as a state chair for the Council on Litigation Management. ... Rabbi Barbara...


Michael Elkin has worked as the Exponent Arts & Entertainment and Features editors for some 40 years.

He has won some 40 national and regional writing awards over his career as well as three fellowships in playwriting and screenwriting from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

His arts articles — including working as a jazz critic for the Evening and Sunday Bulletin; book reviewer for the Philadelphia Inquirer; and rock reviewer/TV writer for the Camden Courier-Post  — and op-eds have appeared throughout North America; his plays have been staged internationally, including runs in Romania — one play running for  five years —  Israel, Germany, Los Angeles and, locally, the Walnut Street Theatre and People's Light and Theatre Company. He is a  Tony Award voter and is a member of a national new play selection committee handing out an annual award to an  up-and-coming playwright.

He worked as a mentor with the Philadelphia Young Playwrights' outreach program to area high schools and at one point headed up the playwriting program at the Walnut Street Theatre School.  His play "Cries in the Night" was cited in the book "The Best Plays of 1992-93," in the "New Plays From Around the Country" category. His travel articles have appeared nationally and he has worked as a travel editor for Fodor's Travel Guides.

As a screenwriter, he  was asked by filmmaker John Frankenheimer ("Birdman of Alcatraz," "The Manchurian Candidate"), with whom he then worked,  to write a script for Frankenheimer to direct.

He has moderated and taken part in national conferences both here and in New York on topics ranging from hip-hop/rap to theater to comedy and has served as a board member of film and theater arts groups.

Elkin has appeared on area TV and radio shows and served as arts critic for the cable program "Our Town." He has been cited in reference books for his investigative work on TV as an influential social medium. For his expertise in film and theater, Elkin was asked to — and did — serve as on-screen interviewer of actor Richard Dreyfuss in a documentary about the American Music Theater Festival, with which Dreyfuss was involved.

A graduate of Temple University — he also studied screenwriting at New York University and attended the University of Houston Bates School of Law — Elkin was honored to be Temple's commencement speaker in the mid-90s. He also taught journalism at Temple as well as screenwriting at La Salle University.



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