Thursday, August 28, 2014 Elul 2, 5774

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
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Managing partners of two local law firms are making news: One has been named a Top Rated Lawyer in Labor and Employment by The American Lawyer while the other has been elected chairman of the University of the Arts.
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Mickie Levin and Herman Frankel (seated) are two of the appropriately chai (18) number of students comprising an adult Bar and Bat Mitzvah preparatory program of the Klein JCC, under the tutelage of Rabbi Sandra Berliner (standing, left), Klein’s spiritual leader, and Shelley Geltzer, the facility’s director of adult services as well as a Hebrew teacher.
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Model citizens — as well as members of Hadassah’s Newtown Chapter — are Miriam Wolk (left) and Toby Adler, part of a fashion show fundraiser sponsored by the Hadassah group.
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Taking stock of today’s economy were close to 200 people gathered for the annual meeting of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors of Greater Philadelphia at the City Line Hilton. Offering “A View from the Top” (from left) are Jason S. Goldstein of 1847 Financial; Brandon Friday, First Trust Financial; Harris Kivitz, president of NAIFA/GP; Jennifer Hall, New...
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Publishing magnate Irvin J. Borowsky (second from left), founder and chairman of the National Liberty Museum and the American Interfaith Institute, is presented an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at Drexel University commencement ceremonies. Conferring the honor (from left) are provost Mark Greenberg; David Ruth, dean of students; and university president John Fry.
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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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