Saturday, July 26, 2014 Tammuz 28, 5774

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
Another season, another show … and another great "On the Scene" contest! To help People's Light & Theater celebrate its 31st year, "On the Scene" is offering one lucky contest winner a season pass for two to the Chester County landmark's Mainstage productions. That's right - all of its Mainstage shows. And it begins right now with a revival of...
Young at heart and on CD: Josh Young' s self-named debut CD will probably find a huge audience from fans of Broadway and cabaret tunes when released next week. The performer is abetted in this good bet by Brian Lowdermilk , who produced, orchestrated and adds his own songs to the release. Lowdermilk, who grew up in the Wallingford/Swarthmore area...
Papa has a brand-new bag in the sweet talcumed hands of Paul Reiser
Comedian/actor/writer Paul Reiser - ever the musician, too - has composed a pictorial folk song for fathers and sons: "The Thing About My Folks" is a paean to the pains and pleasures of the eternal boys club that is boys and their dads. And that song he has composed is in perfect, two-part harmony: one provided for Reiser as the...
"Mrs. Brown," you had a lovely director. And the same goes for you, too, "Proof." John Madden is proof-positive that a director who doesn't paint by the numbers can create the most illustrative portraiture - which he did in "Mrs. Brown," "Shakespeare in Love," and now, again, in the filmed adaptation of David Auburn's Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a mathematical...
Mr. Speaker! Mr. Speaker! And Ms. Speaker, too! They're all there in the estimable "Philadelphia Speaker Series," presented by Widener University at the Verizon Hall of the Kimmel Center - and a lucky "On the Scene" contest winner will be there, too, receiving a series pass for two. What prominent people are about to take to the podium in this...


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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