Monday, July 28, 2014 Av 1, 5774

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
Not every up-and-coming rebel rocker/fine-voiced folkie earns enough money to jingle-jangle in his pocket. But then, not every one grew up knowing the value of jingles. Ari Hest did; his father wrote them, and his son occasionally performed them in commercials -- when he wasn't doing backup choral work for his mother, the cantor. Music as muse? Sure, but now...
Two thumbs up for Max Winkler's first major film? He's halfway there, having already gotten a thumb up, making the "Aaay!"-list of choices from his father, the Fonz. But then, Henry Winkler had some advice for his young son: "Be honest with yourself." But can the son take the advice of dear old dad and do it to the Max?...
As "The Human Resources Manager" at a bread factory in Jerusalem, the title character in Eran Riklis' award-winning film cuts the chaff from the wheat when it comes to employees. But his job and life become ever more complicated when the body of a suicide bombing victim turns up unclaimed at the morgue with only a pay stub from her...
Alice doesn't live here anymore. She's escrowed her abode in the rabbit's hole for a tonier time in Mad-hattan, earning bows in the bowels of the Marriott Marquis Theatre on Broadway, attending tea parties that would have Michele Bachmann breaking open the scones and cream. It's actually all smoke and mirrors and looking glasses peering back at Lewis Carroll's classic...
Morton Charlestein, who died on April 4, just three days after celebrating his 95th birthday, was a man of many parts. But perhaps two, more than any, spelled his success as a communal leader and businessman. Those who knew him hailed Charlestein as one who valued the role of history in everyday life, yet savored his part as a trendsetter,...


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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