Sunday, December 28, 2014 Tevet 6, 5775

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
With a snip and a snap, Einstein Medical Center Montgomery in Norriton, Pa., was in business. Helping with the ribbon-cutting (from left) are Jack F. Adler, Jr., honorary chairman of the Einstein Healthcare Network board; Richard C. Sheerr, board chairman of Einstein Medical Center Montgomery and honorary chairman of the EHN board; Barry R. Freedman, president and CEO, EHN; Steven...
It was Strictly Business for JEVS — well maybe not all business; there was room for lunch and camaraderie — as it honored the best of the best in business. From left, Pam Hansen of Citizens Bank; Jay Spector, president/CEO, JEVS Human Services; Sam First, chair, JEVS Human Services; Steve Plotkin; and Mike Furey of Citizens Bank gather at the...
Cruise control: Some 300 well-wishers and fun-raisers showed their support of the Children’s Crisis Treatment Center at the org’s 12th annual Cruise for the Kids. On board at the Water Works restaurant event: From left are Kimberly Felder, Tony Valdés, Michelle Zou, Ste­phanie Stahl, and Sarah Walmsley
Haverford School junior Garrett Snider is a study in philanthropy, managing to juggle the demands of education and the time to give back to the community.
Blank Rome LLP senior counsel Morris J. Dean has been honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha, a Latino-based health, human services, community and economic development non-profit organization, for his support of APM over the years as well as his efforts on behalf of the local community. A board member of APM, the attorney is...


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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