Thursday, November 20, 2014 Heshvan 27, 5775

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
A local oncologist won an online voting contest to secure the final spot in a national cooking competition scheduled for the end of this month in New York.
What’s that about too many cooks spoiling the soup? Here it’s the more the merrier as a group of 16 members of the Renaissance Group of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia lend a helping hand — and a supportive stir — to make meals ready for clients of the Klein JCC Senior Program at Center City’s Temple Beth Zion-Beth...
Rabbi Kevin M. Kleinman of Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel headed up a pack of 16 students from the temple’s 10th-grade confirmation class on a trip to the nation’s capital, where the students participated in a seminar sponsored by the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. They joined some 300 other Reform teens from across the country during the four-day gathering...
The young will lead! Up to the challenge at the seventh annual ADL Youth Leadership Conference: Exploring Diversity, Challenging Hate, with Abe Foxman, national director, ADL, as keynote speaker (from left) are Barry Morrison, since retired regional director, ADL Eastern Pa./Southern N.J./Dela.; joined by three area high school students; and Debbie Golden, ADL board member. The conference took place at...
The Philadelphia singer makes his debut at 54 Below in New York.


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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