Thursday, September 18, 2014 Elul 23, 5774

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
Water babies? Water babes! Even in their 80s now, the women of "Watermarks" - the pooled report of eight members of the legendary Hakoah Vienna Sports Club, whose reunion 65 years after Nazi nefariousness sent them scurrying to different corners of the world - holds water and then some as a choice for the next edition of the Philadelphia Jewish...
Talk about noteworthy family genes. When you're the grandson of the revered Richard Rodgers and cousin to hot-shot contemporary Broadway composer Adam Guettel, getting your voice heard in the chorus of huzzahs for the others may prove difficult. But Peter Melnick has his own song to sing, and sing it well - and write it well - he does on...
Not this guy, especially while living on Wisteria Lane
Just who are those "Desperate Housewives" pushing down the basement steps now? Could it be … Emmy? No, that's Caleb. Emmy is Michael Berenbaum's thing. And what a thing it is for the Philadelphia native son, who still has family here. For when push comes to shove, it was Berenbaum who was pushed into the spotlight the other night, earning...
Society Photo Gallery
'Squid and Whale' star Jesse Eisenberg astounds as troubled Jewish teen
Jesse Eisenberg is the reel Oscar bait of "The Squid and the Whale," a wallop of a film in which an urbane urban mess of a family can't manage to see its way above sea level. Not that Jeff Daniels and Laura Linney don't limn illustrious portrayals of his Jewishly writerly professorial-type parents; they do. But that's all academic when...


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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