Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Elul 21, 5774

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
It's all a matter of rock 'n' reel: Music and movies have been merry Meir Fenigstein's MO for so long, is it any wonder his life sounds like a movie musical? Funny you should say that, he says, savoring the irony that the script he wrote long ago about his years as a member of Poogy -- Israel's No. 1...
A violinist with cosmic grace notes goes on the record
Lili Haydn has strings attached to community and to her musical muse: The acclaimed violinist veers from sad to snappy on her latest CD, "Place Between Places," infused with insight, and an insatiable and intuitive yearning for finding that corner of the world that is hers. Certainly, there have been a few: Daughter of the late, luminous comic Lotus Weinstock...
A young playwright pens a Jewish 'Field of Dreams' for brothers
The Jonas Brothers rock 'n' roll; Josh Jonas' bros are all about rock 'n' soul. Jonas' "Capture Now," more Dylan than Devo, is a lyrical passage on loan from the mumbling bard's body of work, but is as clear and heartfelt as poetry between bonded brothers can be. The one-man show of many hearts -- in which the writer also...
Sure, give your regards to Broadway, but, regarding tricks in getting tickets to that hot musical or that new comedy ... and where do you park ... and did someone mention eat? Of course someone mentioned eat. Broadway is certainly a feast of experiences and, to some degree, overindulgences. But indulge someone with a love of theater the need to...
This is no program for the fashion weak. "The Rachel Zoe Project" is marked with a "Z" that would have had Zorro second-guessing the style of his own flashy cape. And that mask? Oh, how retro! At 46, Rachel Zoe Rosenzweig is a designing woman who has become a fashion plate of more than nibbles and nubs; she is stylist...


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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