Saturday, December 27, 2014 Tevet 5, 5775

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
Somewhere over the Rainbow Ball, the Madlyn and Leonard Abramson Center for Jewish Life found pots of golden celebrations feting Jewish leaders at this 22nd annual event, held at Loews Philadelphia Hotel. Karen and Neil Model of Newtown were honored with the center’s highest accolade, the Family Award. Going green — that’s what the ball did; between the gala and...
Florence Elaine Green of Villanova, a philanthropist whose efforts to assure comfortable and secure homes for the less fortunate of the Jewish community met with landmark results, died Nov. 7 at age 88.
It was a thrilling foot race right down to the wire — and when the contest was over, it was Israel that became a deciding factor in the outcome.
Daniel Gottlieb leaves no doubt he learns from the heart. In all the years the psychologist has hosted a call-in radio show and written for The Philadelphia Inquirer — and penned a number of books, including Learning From the Heart — he has served as a balm for the hearts of listeners and readers. Now, Gottlieb is being honored with...
Lee Ducat, founder and former president of the National Disease Research Interchange, hosted a dinner in Center City to introduce the org’s new president, Bill Leinweber, to the community.


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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