Wednesday, August 20, 2014 Av 24, 5774

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
Connie Williams is as familiar with the canvas of the state capitol as she is with the frameworks of beauty that is the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Now, the longtime former state representative and senator from the Main Line is a main draw in the art world: She has brought her whipsaw smarts and soulful style to the Philadelphia Museum of...
Noa and Mira lend their voices to a note of Mideast peace and harmony
Give peace a chance? How about giving it a musical backbeat? Chances are that Noa and Mira Awad are aware of and in sync with the possibilities. The two -- vocalist Noa, known to millions of Israelis as Achinoam Nini; and Arab-Israeli singer Awad -- awake each day to the steely soundtracks of combative and combustible backgrounds that is the...
Drawing on memories, drawing on canvas: The Multicultural Theatre of the Galilee combines media of the mind and the arts to present "Sofia's Drawings," a daughter's multimedia mitzvah of a remembrance of both her mother's and grandmother's ties to the Shoah. Efrat Hadani's healing work is part of a one-day Jewish Theatre Festival, to be staged on Sunday, April 25,...
Local architects find southern comfort in rebuilding a New Orleans synagogue
If they build it, they will ... daven. What was once a field of dregs is about to be resuscitated and relocated, as a Modern Orthodox shul becomes part of a post-Katrina kashrut connection in New Orleans. And the men behind the T-square and the time line are Michael I. Hauptman, AIA, a Philly guy, and his partner David B...
Herbert S. Denenberg, a feisty government consumer advocate who used his position as Pennsylvania insurance commissioner, and then media personality, to shift and shape policy, and whose determined defense of Israel against any and all would-be accusers helped forge his fiery reputation, died March 18. The Nebraska native and Wayne resident was 80 years old. With his curmudgeonly/ friendly features...


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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