Monday, July 28, 2014 Av 1, 5774

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
A "Baxter" has back-up lights on his heart, with an "I Break for Breakups" sticker slapped on his bumper. Wedding crasher? He's the wedding crashee - a nice guy who finishes not just last, but is the last to be told so by his former best friend running off with his fiancée. And, even worse, the Baxter's next in line...
Paging Dr. Rosen! Paging Dr. Rosen! Dr. Hugh Rosen , a retired prof at Hahnemann University, has come to the table (of contents) with a new career: He just published Silent Battlefields: A Novel, with Polish-Jewish and German Christian characters interacting in post-Holocaust America. … Joseph D. Bloom, M.D ., outgoing dean of Drexel University College of Medicine, has been...
Eugene Levy's movie dental plan has bite
Andy Fiddler's got no pluck. Sure, he "The Man," but the he-man? No way. A dental-supplies salesman coiled as tight as a violin string, Fiddler is a Stradivarius of stress. Put him on stage in front of a convention of dentists, and admire Fiddler's bridge work. But extract him from familiar territory, and watch his wisdom teeth crack from the...
Do the scales of justice tip away from obesity these days? Is fat chance the prospect of the overweight overcoming social pressures and prejudices against them? And just how many calories are in a month of sundaes? These and other questions may - or may not - be answered by "The Biggest Loser," NBC's reality series that will go another...
Kids getting ornery now that they've rediscovered homework? You getting antsy for them to head out the door? Relax, everyone - with a DVD. This latest "On the Scene" contest offers a "Top 10" DVDs of entertainment (and maybe some insight, too) that'll keep their minds humming until the school bell rings the next morning. Here's what one very lucky...


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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