Monday, November 24, 2014 Kislev 2, 5775

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
Penn graduates/husband and wife Robert and Jane Toll have gifted the U of P Law School with $2.5 million, targeted for its public interest programs. Robert Toll is board executive chairman of Toll Brothers, Inc., home builders; both Tolls have been active on behalf of the law school for years. Brian R. Steiner of Steiner, Segal, Muller and Donan, where...
As part of an ongoing program that honors those serving in the military, representatives of the Feasterville Business Association present a military flag to Denise Roadside (holding her grandson, Azlan), the mom of Nicole Roadside of Trevose, Pa., who is serving in the Army and stationed in Afghanistan. Presenting the flag at an FBA board of supervisors gathering (from left)...
Wishing them Wellness: Sue Ai­strop (third from left), director of the Klein JCC Wellness Center in Northeast Philadelphia, and Dr. Harvey Spector (second from right), director of its medical staff, accept a special commendation on behalf of the center from Al Tau­benberger (second from left), president of the Greater Northeast Phil­a­delphia Chamber of Commerce; Ruth Horowitz, board member of the...
The Parkinson Council’s latest bash was held at the Comcast Center. The fun-raiser featured event chair Karen Jacobson and her husband, Barry Milberg, a PC board member, enjoying the frolic.
Liesl Loeb, a Holocaust survivor whose travails with other survivors aboard the ill-fated S.S. St Louis was truly a Voyage of the Damned — the title of a 1976 movie that charted the doomed ship on its aborted way to freedom — died Aug. 25.


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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