Wednesday, November 26, 2014 Kislev 4, 5775

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
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Philadelphian Howard Lassoff, whose expertise at playing basketball here and in Israel carried him to the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, died Feb. 7.
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Al Boscov , legendary department store impresario, has been selected the inaugural inductee into the Pennsylvania Retailers’ Association Hall of Fame, with the event set for next month in Wyomissing, Pa. Gov. Tom Corbett and former Govs. Ed Rendell and Tom Ridge are the celebration’s honor­ary co-chairmen. Robert Kaplan has been named director of the board of the American Society...
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Inside and outside school, Barrack 9th grader Michael Levin's involvement in good causes helps give kids a good name.
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Strides are being taken to punch the flab out of the obesity epidemic among children. Grab those gloves and see how.
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How do you spell relief? JRA is an answer to many of the area’s needy. To that end, the Jewish Relief Agency held its annual Event to End Hunger, saluting 2012 honorees: The Berkowitz Family Foundation; and Josh and Lori Shapiro and family, with the 2012 Youth Leadership Award going to Northeast High junior Sam Barris­kell. All fit into the...
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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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