Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Elul 21, 5774

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
"There or Here" playwright Jennifer Maisel knows her place in the arena that is the MySpace for manuscripts. Her latest effort -- part of the just premiered PlayPenn annual new play development conference being held through July 22 at the Adrienne in Center City -- is out there on the topic of outsourcing, dressed as it is in the human...
Here's is a no-brainer for a Brainiac: Lizzie Weiss, 22, who graduated from UC at Irvine with a degree in drama in just 21/2 years, just graduated from small shows to the big time in "High School Musical," as a member of the Brainiacs, one of the smart weapons/students who dot this delight of a dancical opening July 12 at...
Winningham's winning roles a musical tuneful off-Broadway
I'd walk a million miles for one of her smiles, sure -- but I'd walk "10 Million Miles" for one of her frowns -- those comical, upside-down, clown-caked put-upon pouts. And for those more serious sad and searing facial strains at the edge of happiness, where the lips serve as a tightrope of time and tears tugging for a time...
Jonathan Hadary brings a class act to the detention-room disciples of 'Spamalot'
Small world, isn't it? Within 17 years, Jonathan Hadary has gone from king of the squares in "Gypsy" to king of the roundtable in "Spamalot." Indeed, from haimish Herbie to courtly King Arthur just proves how artful Hadary the heartfelt really is. Evidence is right there every night on stage at the Shubert on Broadway as Hadary hightails it to...
Ah, how soon they forget, murmurs with great regret a caller on the other end of the line feeling ratted out by "Ratatouille." But this is not just any run-of-the-rodent complaint. This is Feivel Mousekewitz kvetching! "It seems like only yesterday," says the mouse-out-of-kilter of what was then an immigrant infestation of Jewish vermin when "An American Tail" premiered in...


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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