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Michael Elkin

Features Editor
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It was savoire faire and a soiree celebrated at Cashman & Associates annual holiday party. In a party mood at the public relations/special events company’s bash (from left) are Laura Krebs, Jacklin Rhoads, Lauren Werkiser, company poobah Nicole Cashman, Samantha Hodge, Kaitlyn McCrea, Kristin Huxta and Jill Asher.
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In miles, Philly might be a three-hour drive to Washington, D.C., but in its efforts to fuel the successs of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum there, Philly supporters feel like it’s just around the corner. That sentiment helped spark the first Philadelphia-hosted dinner recently honoring the museum, about to mark its 20th anniversary. Noting the role Philadelphia has played...
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Nancy Gilberg oversees coats, gloves and scarves accumulated when the Human Needs and Services Division, Golden Slipper Clubs & Charities, got together with B’nai B’rith Project HOPE on a coat drive for homeless shelters in Philadelphia and Norristown. Some 400 pieces of outerwear made it into the collection for distribution, under the supervision of Gilberg, GSC needs coordinator.
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Myron D. Moss , Drexel U.’s music program director at its Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, who died this past July, was commemorated with a special concert held earlier this month by the school’s Concert Band at Mandell Theater. Jeffrey Rosen , psychology prof at the U of Delaware, is the 2012 Neuroscientist of the Year, chosen...
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Some 400 guests looked for “More Tomorrows” at the 12th annual Friends of the American Cancer Society Party With a Purpose Gala, at which Dr. Steven M. Altschuler (right), CEO of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, took home the 2012 Humanitarian Award. The honoree, accompanied by wife Robin (right), celebrates the occasion with Dr. Daniel and Beverly Goldberg (she’s president of...
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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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