Thursday, December 18, 2014 Kislev 26, 5775

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
They could have danced all night — and that says quite a bit about strength and endurance since the Pennsylvania Ballet Company is celebrating its 50th anniversary and company founder Barbara Weissberger her 87th birthday. Here Weissberger is feted with cake and candles by PBC at its new Louise Reed Center for Dance on North Broad Street. Exec director Michael...
A Celebration of Education, the spring gala of Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park, set for April 25, will fete the achievements and accomplishments of dual honorees Rabbi Stacy Eskovitz Rigler and Caryl Levin. Native son Glenn Rigberg is exec producer of the just-released Struck by Lightning , about a high school kid trying to restructure his prosaic life...
Teachers at the Richard E. Rudolph Jr. Preschool of Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park recently took part in the Early Childhood Educators of Reform Judaism Conference in Morristown, N.J. Apple-ready are (bottom, from left) Lori Saruya, Miriam Buschbaum, Amy Kieserman and Ilana Diener; and (top, from left) Owa Zaga, Beth Rabinowitz, director of early childhood education at K.I...
Abington Friends School junior Mattew Fleisher has the beat for Beethoven — and now he's bringing it to inner-city schools, offering some sound advice to students.
Who ya gonna call when bustin' your brain to come up with a worthy mitzvah project? The Mitzvah Bowl!


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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