Friday, December 26, 2014 Tevet 4, 5775

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
Barbie Zelizer , the Raymond Williams Professor of Communication and director of the Scholars Program in Culture and Communication at Penn’s Annenberg School for Communication, is heading up the 2013 SummerCulture trip to Dublin, now in progress, for a group of the school’s doctoral students. The prof also recently lectured on “Tools for the Future of Journalism” at the University...
William J. Chertok, 84, a Philadelphia native who spent most of his life in Coatesville, Pa., where he had a successful political as well as business career, died June 22.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Buzz Bissinger and philanthropists Robert and Esther “Penny” Fox were accorded honorary degrees from the LeBow College of Business at Drexel University’s recent 126th Commencement. Dr. Sheldon Bernick , who has volunteered his services as a pediatric dentist for 15 years at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, was honored with the Manuel M. Album Award for excellence...
Judge Anne E. Lazarus (left) of the Pennsylvania Superior Court rose to the occasion as she received the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Sandra Day ­O’Connor Award at the association’s quarterly gathering. Among those congratulating Lazarus was O’Connor herself (second from left), Judge Marjorie Rendell (third from left) and Kathleen Wilk­inson, chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association.
Dubbed "The Pied Piper,” the much-respected real estate titan was remembered as a man whose spirit and generous resources lifted the entire Jewish community.


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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