Saturday, August 23, 2014 Av 27, 5774

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
They're bad, they're bad -- which may be very good for the box office
"Superbad" is as good as it gets for those who look in the mirror and see Snow White looking back when wishing for the Wicked Witch. Of course, that's way better than reflecting on acne, which can be the acme of angst for any teen male wearing out the groove in Madonna's "Like a Virgin," looking for life lessons. After...
Hollywood — What would God say? "Good question," quietly replies Mark Nelson, veepee and senior exec producer of CNN Productions, whose three-part "God's Warriors," premiering on the cable network Tuesday night, takes the question, "Whose side is God on?" and plays "Jeopardy" with the answer. In examining the fierce role fundamentalism plays in Judaism (Aug. 21), Islam (Aug. 22) and...
Andy's doing the box step of his life on 'SNL'
Andy Samberg's got his disc in a box. The "Saturday Night Live" star's not alone: NBC and Starbucks are counting on many others stopping in for a cup of cappuccino and comedy when "Saturday Night Live: The Best of '06/'07" DVD is released exclusively at the coffee capital of the caffeine world on Aug. 20. Meanwhile, Samberg and the rest...
The "Company" he keeps says a lot about director Mikael Salomon. His hands-on work for the third and final episodes of HBO's "Band of Brothers" had the Emmy Award voters banding together to hand him its best of the best while his "Rome" ruminations were a Caesar salad of insight and incendiary storytelling. And now the director of cable's "The...
Ami Dayan has one eye on history, the other on the present. The cousin of Moshe Dayan serves as director general of a bard's battlefield, bringing to the stage wars of words that clash like flinty unsheathed swords forged in Rashomon-like steel. He has created quite an acclaimed career for himself since immigrating from Israel in 1999, meeting the millennium...


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.



Subscribe To our E-Newsletter

Our Supporters