Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Elul 21, 5774

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
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The Gift of Life celebrated its annual “Donors Are Heroes” benefit, with the event — highlighting the need for organ donations — held at the Four Seasons. Celebrating (from left) are Andrew Hutsell, Ari Norris, Terri Hutsell and John Hutsell.
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A college student from Wynnewood has found fulfillment working with a local agency that helps troubled youth re-integrate into society.
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The director of academic programs at the Jewish Community High School of Gratz College has been elected national president of the Jewish Educators Assembly, while two area synagogues celebrate the arrival of new clergy to their pulpits.
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Summertime and the learning is — adventurous! That’s the gist of what campers at Early Learning are learning at Beth Sholom Congregation in Elkins Park. Here, Mr. Nate from the Franklin Institute Visiting Science Center floats some fascinating characteristics about water by the youngsters.
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The Moroccan born Cherrin was a longtime teacher before becoming the head of school at Albert Einstein Academy in Wilmington, Del.
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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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