Wednesday, December 24, 2014 Tevet 2, 5775

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
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Harry Potter, P.I.? No. Harry Dresden, P.I. But once a wiz, always a wiz. Which is a good way to describe David Simkins, too. The exec producer/writer of "The Dresden Files," a new super Sci Fi Channel supernatural series about a saucy sorcerer starting Jan. 21 -- conjuring up images of a Rockford-retro detective with a broom for a trailer...
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Could Israel be preparing to serve as an 'Apprentice'? - See more at: http://je.pliner.com/article/11817/The_Donald_of_the_Diaspora/#sthash.gz93wY0A.dpuf
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Shalom, The Donald. That may be the nicest greeting he's had in weeks. Who knew that the tycoon who's taken Manhattan and who's taken heat and given it in celebrated arguments with Rosie O'Donnell after he "pardoned" the pretty Miss USA Tara Conner for her past mistakes -- and who was just named "Most Annoying Money Personality" in an AOL...
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Well, it's not like they're casting for "Yidl Mitn Fidl." After all, "Grease" -- not gevalt -- is the word. But the producers of Broadway's upcoming revival of the 35-year-old musical -- certainly older than any greaser worth his lair of lard these days -- are unctuously devoted to making their own kind of music by staging a coup de...
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The diary of a frank self-reckoning ... It was their candid self-appraisal of the chaos that engulfed them that helped lead Long Beach, Calif., inner-city students of the 1990s out of the attic of ache into the mainstream of meaningful lives. And it all started with getting to know a young woman whose optimism opened up their lives while closing...
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Mel Gibson ... Renaissance man? Maybe, if you believe that there's been a renaissance of anti-Semitic rancor bound to a bias so deep, it's no wonder that the once hero-worshiped as Mel and Michael Richards go off the deep end without seeing the diving board crumple below them. But is this a new New Year's resolution of the hate-monger, to...
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Profile

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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