Saturday, July 26, 2014 Tammuz 28, 5774

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
Offbeat musings on arts, culture and Philadelphians
The Young & the Marching As Victor Newman, Eric Braden has been on “The Young and the Restless” for 25 years (well, maybe not so young anymore). But TLW gives him the distinction of actually being the bold and the beautiful. How else to describe the heartfelt move the gentile German native made by taking part in the recent March...
Actor Sir Antony Sher shares a compelling vision of the tragic Holocaust witness
With the fireworks of the Fourth an echt echo of freedoms forever celebrated, Sir Antony Sher gets ready to stand on stage - the fuse of history in hand - and let his soul explode in a shower of heartache that lights up the Broadway sky as no other play has done in decades. Let liberty ring, the actor seems...
Want to get out and see a movie, but the heat’s got you afraid to open the door? Well, “On the Sceners,” have we got a contest for you! You can still see some topnotch flicks without turning off the A/C. One winning “Scener” will receive oodles and oodles of hours of film in this, the “Scene-DVD Lollapalooza Contest,” featuring...
Stars awards a 4.0 to Dr. Louise Kaplan , professor of anthropology and bioethics at Atlantic Cape Community College, who just nabbed the Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award of Philadelphia's Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation at commencement ceremonies. … What's up, Doc? Phillip M. Kofsky, M.D. , of Ambler, is the new president of the Montgomery County Medical Society...
new york If a tree fell in the woods … would an audience come? "Thom Pain (based on nothing)" bases part of its existence on such exigent enquiries. Sure, there are times when Pain lives up to his name, and you ask yourself what is it with these existentialists, that it's always only about their point of view? Can't they...


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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