Friday, September 19, 2014 Elul 24, 5774

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
Eli Simon and his teammates on the first local team ever to make it to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa., bow out after Thursday night's loss to Chicago.
When Lee Stanley was found murdered inside his Center City home on Aug. 15, the repercussions could be felt just blocks away at Congregation Rodeph Shalom, his longtime Jewish community.
Elad Strohmayer, Israel’s deputy consul general to the mid-Atlantic region, sailed back to Philadelphia with a gold medal from the international Gay Games.
No generation gap for the AMIT Philadelphia Council/Shira Chapter with its festive annual Generations-In-Israel event held at the home of Amy Erlbaum. Honored for their diligence and commitment are Sara Bleier (third from left), AMIT life member as well as chapter treasurer, and Kayla Bleier (left), most recent life member, joined by family members Josh (second from left) and Joey.
And all that jazz sure attracted a pre-Shabbat crowd to a Friday concert sponsored by Art After Five and the Israeli JazzPhest, with a major boost from the Consulate General of Israel, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Last week’s gathering included the talents of Reut Regev on trombone and prominent pianist Burton Greene.


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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