Friday, July 25, 2014 Tammuz 27, 5774

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
Hooray for Hollywood — and for a Philadelphian just honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (hint: he produced The Blob ); an Elkins Park native wins an honor as a top young composer; and an Overbrook Park sensation takes home an award for his work on Robot Chicken .
An acclaimed and popular area author has been designated a Kelly Writer's House Fellow; a Penn Medicine epidemiologist reveals research finds about bed bugs; and the head of plastic surgery at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children is hosting a Fat Tuesday benefit for an area arts center.
It took three days to complete the journey but the memories live on a year later. So claim many of those gathered for the Susan G. Komen Philadelphia 3-Day Reunion, attended by those who committed their time and physical effort to battle breast cancer in last year’s event in Philadelphia, part of a national program. Recalling their triumphs and anticipating...
The voluminous Outside the Bible — brought out by the Jewish Publication Society, headquartered in Philadelphia — drew an audience for its debut at the Skirball Center for Adult Jewish Learning, Temple Emanu-El, in New York City. At the premiere with JPS director Rabbi Barry Schwartz (right) are Rabbi Joshua Davidson (center) of Temple Emanu-El/Skirball; and project co-editor James Kugel.
Audiences came out strong for the Bank of America Festival of Arts, Books and Culture at the Katz JCC in Cherry Hill, N.J., where comedian/author and headliner Paul Reiser (second from left) showed he wasn’t mad about anybody, least of all Leslie Garonzik Katz (left), festival vice chair; Michael Cherkas, festival chair; and Sherri Hoffman, festival sponsor chair.


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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