Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Elul 21, 5774

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
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Main Line basketball team proudly wears its support for Israel.
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It was a midsummer night’s dreamy fun event for Early Learning at Beth Sholom Congregation campers in Elkins Park. Dance floor moves were provided by Cantor Jeffrey S. Weber to the music of the Puppets Pizzazz.
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Members of the Hannah Senesch Group of Hadassah found gold in presenting a lunch program featuring guest speaker Beverly C. Rosen’s review of The Goldfinch, the Pulitzer Prize-winning tome by Donna Tartt. Responsible for the success of the 2014 Annual Luncheon and Book Review — bringing in close to 200 literary fans — (from left) were Harriet Sigel, Sharlyn Weitz,...
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Delores Thompson (second from right), a certified nursing assistant, has much to smile about. She just won the 2014 Phyllis Abramson Licht Award “for providing exceptional care to seniors” residing at the Madlyn and Leonard Abramson Center for Jewish Life in North Wales, Pa. Feting her are Dr. Stuart Licht (left), sponsor of the award in the name of his...
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Lots of “Diamonds” were buffed and ready to shine at the 2014 Acres of Diamonds Gala sponsored by Temple University Hospital Auxiliary, attracting a crowd of some 400 well-wishers at the Westin Philadelphia, including entrepreneur Lindy Snider, joined here by Dr. Larry Kaiser, dean/CEO of Temple Health.
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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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