Saturday, December 27, 2014 Tevet 5, 5775

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine gets a new president and CEO — a former student at the school; a prominent local philanthropist of national renown is popcorn-ready for a new movie he just produced, coming out May 2; and the founders of Philly's Simon's Fund are featured on The Today Show .
Similarities and differences — that was the focus of discussion among those participating in the recent American Jewish Committee Latino Jewish Coalition gathering at the Jewish Community Services Building. Discussing the common causes and contrasting issues facing Jewish and Latino groups (from left): David Ayon, senior fellow, the Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University;...
It was happy 20th anniversary to the historic Playwicki Farm, marking the 1994 purchase by the Lower Southampton Township of the 110-acre property from the estate of Elizabeth Snodgrass. At the celebration feting the anniversary and site, which includes areas for children, wetlands and a wildlife sanctuary, are Rose McMenamin (left) and Don Rubin (right), board members of the Playwicki...
The Klein JCC held a special ceremony to unveil a donor recognition wall at its Northeast facility.
Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell was honored at a recent gathering marking her retirement from a leadership post with the Union for Reform Judaism.


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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