Thursday, November 20, 2014 Heshvan 27, 5775

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
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Sure, “The Phantom of the Opera” holds the record as the longest-running show in Broadway history at 25 years, but it’s still got a long way to go to catch Philly’s title holder: “Karabell!” Of course, Karabell’s not a phantom but a living, breathing reality at the Walnut Street Theatre, where Len Karabell was just feted for 40 years of...
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A Prize visitor to Philly: Israeli Dr. Ada Yonath (second from left), a 2009 Nobel Prize recipient in chemistry, recently visited the city as a guest of Mark Alderman (right) of Cozen O’Connor. The welcoming dinner, held at Pod, attracted such well-wishers as (from left) Steve Friedman of Duane Morris, and Dr. Donna Gentile O’Donnell, trustee emerita, Drexel U. College...
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To commemorate his late mother, Leah, Jordan Berman and his wife, Deanna, have set up monetary awards for caregivers at the Abramson Center for Jewish Life’s Mildred Shor Inn, in recognition of the exceptional care she received there during a five-year residency. Deanna Berman (left) and Carol Irvine (right), Abramson Center president and CEO, here congratulate first-year award recipients (from...
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Philly Cooks — and what could be hotter than the cupcakes and cakes served up by Velvet Sky Bakery in Jenkintown. Owner and “flour child” Jordan Harvey — who studied her art in Savannah, Ga., and returned to her native area to practice it — helped put the recent Philly Cooks event, showcasing the area’s best and brightest chefs and...
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Former Mayor and Gov. Ed Rendell will be honored by Legacy Youth Tennis and Education at its 30th annual Champions for Children benefit on April 26 “for his guidance and leadership as well as enduring support of our young people.” Fred Stein , senior producer, the Creative Group, Inc., has been named vice president of the board; and Judy Kellem,...
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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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