Thursday, August 21, 2014 Av 25, 5774

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
"A Jew Grows in Brooklyn," sure, but who knew his roots extended to Philly? "Philly has special meaning for me," acknowledges Jake Ehrenreich, whose one-man show of a thousand memories takes up residence at the Perelman Theater of the Kimmel Center from Dec. 23 to Dec. 28. "It's the first show I did, here in Philadelphia, in 2008, after my...
Heigh-ho, heigh-ho, it's off to ... war ... we go?" When Franklin D. Roosevelt wanted to stem the rise of Nazism sympathies and fascist followers in South America at the outset of World War II, he had not so much a new deal up his sleeve but an old one: "Let us entertain you!" was a theme that brought out...
Curtis grad,Soviet emigre give music their duo
From Russia, with recriminations; to Russia, with reverence. Somewhere in between the pulsing polarities, pianist Irina Nuzova knows her emotional and musical ruminations on Russia will always reek of regrets and respect in the very different arenas of the public and private. One way or the other, Russia remains critical and instrumental to her success, of which there has been...
Whose "Calling"? The main characters in a compelling two-part, four-hour PBS documentary airing Dec. 20 and Dec, 21 on WHYY-TV12 have made the ultimate long-distance connection, answering to a higher authority than A&T could every supply. Please hold: "The Calling " is a celestial cell phone with rabbinical roaming charges as the "Independent Lens" series follows those who are called...
Who else but novelist/comic-book writer Brad Meltzer on the case of history for TV?
Decoding Brad Meltzer -- whose "Brad Meltzer's Decoded" invokes history mysteries and cipher-meisters, beginning a 10-part series on Dec. 2 on the History Channel -- requires no central intelligence agenda. Channeling history? Sure, the Brooklyn-born, Florida-raised writer who hails from Columbia University Law School, has added brilliant sparkles of wit and wisdom to the best-seller list by paging history through...


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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