Sunday, December 28, 2014 Tevet 6, 5775

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
A “Spoonful” of art: From left, Rob Dennis, Robyn Miller, Cindy Blackman and Rhea Dennis scoop up praise for their work in “Artists Re-Imagine the Spoon,” currently exhibited at Temple Judea Museum of Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park.
Cantor Uriel Naor, who served for many years at Tiferet Bet Israel in Blue Bell and had an active concert career worldwide, died Sept. 27.
Sarah Einhorn Lewis, who served as principal of Phil­adelphia’s Solomon Schech­ter Day School (now the Perelman Jewish Day School), some 50 years ago, died Sept. 10 at her home in Cherry Hill, N.J.
Stacey L. Schwartz, a prominent Center City attorney, died Sept. 20 at the age of 61.
Marking the 20th anniversary of the premiere of Schindler’s List — the landmark multiple Oscar-winning Steven Spielberg film about the Shoah — at the Prince Theater here (from left) are Stephen D. Smith, executive director of the USC Shoah Foundation; foundation board of councilors member Steve Cozen of Cozen O’Conner; and star Liam Neeson. The event was a fundraiser for...


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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