Thursday, December 25, 2014 Tevet 3, 5775

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
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Who is she wearing? At the 10th annual “In Fashion!” luncheon/ fashion show benefiting and presented by the Cancer Support Community of Philadelphia, all the models — all cancer survivors — wore featured designer Ippolita and her Fall/Winter 2012 Collection. At the event at Neiman Marcus at King of Prussia Plaza, the models’ stories were narrated by event co-chairs Pam...
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The Phillies have a new team partner: the Jewish Federation, which is joining with the club to combat hunger.
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Young and in love — and in a battle against his cancer. Still these two area Mitzvah Heroes find time to look out for the health of others.
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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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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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