Thursday, July 24, 2014 Tammuz 26, 5774

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
Everything is beautiful at the ballet - especially when it's the Bolshoi accompanied by its chorus line of historical accolades. Sure, the Bolshoi Ballet is big news - Bolshoi literally translates from the Russian as "big." But the biggest news for Philadelphians these days may be that the company's making a rare foray into the city when it appears at...
Penn pals: All eyes are on Stuart L. Fine, M.D. The chairman and director of U. of P.'s department of ophthalmology, Scheie Eye Institute, delivered the keynote address at the annual gathering of the American Academy of Ophthalmology while seeing his way clear to earning the Pisart Vision Award from Lighthouse International "for lifetime contributions to the prevention of blindness."...
Bankrupt with ideas to keep your business busy? Need someone who earned an MBA in moxie, bravura and arrogance to turn it around rather than inside out? Who better to mind the store than Pauly Shore? Uh … Alan Greenspan? But with Greenspan otherwise occupied, Shore, whose sense of humor some claim has never matched the inflation index, is taking...
"Manuscript" is scripted with stolen moments. Literary larceny is what playwright Paul Grellong makes book on here, turning writers into turncoats and reading the riot act to those who would pass off what is another's as theirs. If there is a sense of irony in this iron-willed drama, it is that director Bob Balaban, a balabust of originality, is helming...
Looks like these “Wedding Crashers” (Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, center) get to chew some chicken fat with real members of a wedding party. Oh, sure, they got some broken glass in their feet as crashers, but it’s all part of the steps they take to Hava Negillah and a good time in the new comedy about men who will...


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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