Friday, September 19, 2014 Elul 24, 5774

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
Ballerina Dionna Dash finds joy in volunteering at her school and the Friendship Circle.
Seymour Shubin has just had his 17th book published, his first of what he calls “short essay-like poems.” Why Me? Forty Poems revolves around the 91-year-old author’s experiences during the Great Depression of 1929. Renowned restaurateur Marc Vetri hosted a group of culinary majors from Drexel University’s Goodwin College of Professional Studies “backstage” at his Osteria restaurant, where chef Vetri...
They could have gone anywhere, but they chose the 25th annual Temple University Hospital Auxiliary Acres of Diamonds Gala, which honored the Temple Lung Center. From left are Dr. Gerard Criner, TLC director; Kal Rudman, media mogul; 6ABC news anchor Sarah Bloomquist, who served as emcee; and Dr. Larry Kaiser, president/CEO, of Temple Health. There is a special affinity the...
Members of the Boys Town Jerusalem Mid-Atlantic Region flew off to Israel recently to meet up with some of the nearly 1,000 students served by the agency. From left are Henri C. Levit, BTJ national board member and mission chairman; Yoni Strimber, Israel development director; Andrea Tanenbaum, Steven Tanenbaum, Jeffrey Levit, Deborah Levit, Freddy Brown, Mid-Atlantic exec director Deborah Zarwin...
The Alliance Francaise de Philadelphie Bastille Day was the scene of a mob (well, 100 people, anyway) “storming” the Independence Seaport Museum. The event marked the historic day in 1789 when Parisians liberated those still imprisoned in the Bastille. The gathering also celebrated the Alliance’s 110th anniversary. From left are Tracy Davidson, anchor of NBC 10 news and party emcee;...


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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