Friday, September 19, 2014 Elul 24, 5774

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
That's Mark Feuerstein, USA's 'concierge doctor'
Doctor to the rich and ridiculous in the Hamptons, Hank Lawson hears naggings, not real needs, at the end of his stethoscope, even as he scopes out a new life amid the town's nouveau rich and risqué after being fired for ignoring a benefactor's braying needs at his former big-city hospital. Of course, if that pathetically rich patient hadn't died...
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It's a long way from Tenafly to "Tennessee," but Adam Rothenberg has made it a southern comfort kind of trip. He's made the star trek triumphantly but the movie mileage he's traveled is even more impressive. At age 26, he was still at home, living in his parents' attic; now, just a handful of years later, he's on the TV...
You Oughtta Be in Pictures! At 4, Ella loves her dollys. But then, she also enjoys the pans and long shots and, oh, that catering table at the end of a long day's shoot. Steven Spiel-birth? Little Ella Rosenblatt is the focus of "Beginning Filmmaking," which begins and ends with the heart as a frame of reference. Take five? She...
Anvil's chorus of acclaim extends to a movie about the rockers
This is not your grandma's Robb Reiner. Well, in a way, maybe it is ... After all, Reiner's in his 50s, and the rock musician's been lifting heavy metal since Grandma was clanging chains against the steam radiator. Meet not Meathead, but Headbanger Robb Reiner, whose own version of all in the family focuses on his band of almost-blood bros,...


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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