Wednesday, August 20, 2014 Av 24, 5774

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
It was a grand time for revelry and roots as a delegation of Russian-speaking Jews from Philadelphia gathered at the annual Jewish learning-oriented Limmud FSU Conference, held recently in Princeton, N.J. From left are Greg Margolin, Michael Vinogradov, Lera Khmelnitskaya, Valery Isyemin, Sonya Bratman and Ben Isyemin.
No wine before its time? The time is now — at an Israeli wine tasting hosted by Brian Freedman for members of the Jewish Family and Children’s Service Giving Circle, Project Empower, including Project Empower exec committee members Jocelyn Hodes and Seth Horwitz .
Fred Blume of Penn Valley, a distinguished Philadelphia ­attorney who was chairman emer­itus of Blank Rome, one of the city’s more prominent law firms, died April 8 after a long illness.
They opened the doors for a Passover seder, and guess who came in? The whole neighborhood! That was the intent of the first community seder held at Symphony Square Senior Living in Bala Cynwyd, attended by, among others, (front) Mickey, Annette and Marvin Black of Pine Forest Camps. Behind them are Cindy Marshall and Rabbi Joseph Domosh, who led the...
Richard C. Gozon (left), president of Thomas Jefferson University, and David P. McQuaid, president, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, are honored with the Yitzhak Rabin Public Service Award from the Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce during a special event. Both were saluted for their ongoing commitment to and collaborations with the Jewish state.


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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