Wednesday, September 17, 2014 Elul 22, 5774

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
Local Israeli film festival competes in its own way with Hollywood
Will Oscar make aliyah on Feb. 26? With Footnote being feted at festivals -- and considered by some a front-runner for the best foreign film -- will the Israeli film actually take home the gold when the Academy Awards are announced later this month? It certainly wouldn't surprise Nurit Yaron, chairwoman of Philadelphia's Israeli Film Festival ( ), celebrating...
Can multimillionaire business mogul and Abington native Adam Aron become the Sixers net prophet? It's looking good -- as Philly's once-failed and feeble pro basketball team suddenly, almost inexplicably, has got game. It's been a torrid, turnover-free four months since Aron and Wharton School graduate Joshua Harris bought the team, along with a select group of co-owners. In the process,...
Yes, life's a three-ring circus for the Sisters Feld — and they're bringing it to Philly
They are women, hear them roar! Wait. No. That's the big circus cats in the background; the Sisters Feld are fielding questions amiably, gently. Which is not to imply they are pussycats. No, to get to where they are -- executive vice presidents and producers of Feld Entertainment -- they have made sure their field of dreams is paved with...
Address book: Rabbi Richard Address of Congregation M'kor Shalom in Cherry Hill, N.J., knows from good books. Is it possible he's written one as well? His Seekers of Meaning -- boomers, that's you! -- has just been published. ... All the world's a stage; just ask any lawyer delivering his closing argument. Legal and theatrical worlds combine on Feb. 15...
The Oyster is his world, concedes Avshalom Pollak. "It is; dance is the real world to me, always has been," adds half the namesake of Israel's Inbal Pinto & Avshalom Pollak Dance Company, giving the local premiere of Oyster on Feb. 9, 10 and 11 at Annenberg Center. It's all part of the arts venue's Dance Celebration series. Pollak and...


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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