Thursday, July 31, 2014 Av 4, 5774

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
We've got the horse right here … "Can do" must be the motto of little Emma Rose Shapiro , who proves she's got the write stuff even at age 7. The Wynnewood wunderkind sent Smarty Jones a good-luck letter when the thoroughly popular thoroughbred tried to win the gallop poll last year at the Belmont Stakes. Emma's letter has been...
Marlton man draws on crush for film about Drew Barrymore
D.B. — call home! Or, at least, Drew Barrymore, call Brian Herzlinger. In a way, she already has; Herzlinger’s “My Date With Drew” is his iconic calling card, loaded with mirthful minutes of movie idol worship and popcorn panache that makes the Marlton, N.J., native’s feature directorial debut, opening Friday, Aug. 5, a “Date” to remember. For the Jersey Jewish...
Here’s hoping he has better luck with viewer votes than electoral votes: Who else would “Stars” be talking about than Al Gore, chairman of the board of TV’s fledgling Current network. What makes this all current is the fact that former Philly guy Mark Goldman is the network’s COO, representing quite a coup for the Penn grad. … Any movie...
Not these sports heroes, whose 'Murderball' antics hit home for an Elkins Park native
Walk a mile in the shoes of these sports sensations? Try wheelchairs: Four filmmakers were able to wheel and whiz in the wild slam-bang world of their wheelchair-bound heroes instead, taking the rockiest ride of their lives. It's all on screen in the killer drama "Murderball," a documentary that sports the stampede madness of the running of the bulls -...
Twelve angry men? No - okay, maybe a little combative. But the men - and women - who form "The Law Firm" are firmly on the right side of the Nielsens. This latest reality series - in which 12 attorneys (this is no dozen dirty of the defense world, but clean-cut Clarence Darrows as wannabe reality ratings darlings) scope out...


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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