Wednesday, December 17, 2014 Kislev 25, 5775

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
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The University of Pennsylvania Shoah Foundation Team — those who were at the forefront of landing a home for the Shoah Foundation Visual History Archives of Holocaust testimonies at Penn — have been named recipients of the school’s 2013 Models of Excellence Award. Among the team members to be honored in April: Brigitte Burris, Tina Cowan, Marjorie Hassen, Adam Preset,...
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The Ravens weren’t the only winners of the Super Bowl — so were those involved with the new Sarah Wetzman Davidson Hospital Tower at Hadassah Hospital in Ein Kerem. The hospital was the recipient of funds raised at the annual Newtown Hadassah Joan Weiss Memorial Super Bowl Brunch where victuals and victory were the order of the day. Quarterbacking the...
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Who better to honor at the Marian Anderson Awards than a performer whose voice conjures up depth and delight? Actor and father figure James Earl Jones (center) was a natural choice, and a great attraction for those attending the event at the Kimmel Center named after the late local opera legend. Joining Jones (from left) are John Saler; Christian Donato...
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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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