Thursday, October 23, 2014 Tishri 29, 5775

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
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Dr. Rivka Carmi (fourth from left), Ben-Gurion University president, served as guest speaker, and Sherrie Savett (fifth from left), president, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, as tribute chair when American Associates of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev honored its Women of Distinction. From left are Lynne M. Abraham, former Phila­delphia district attorney; Jane Golden, executive director of Philadelphia Mural Arts;...
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Dr. D. Walter Cohen (third from left) was recently honored at the AmeriHealth Caritas Partnership Integration of Dental and Medical Conference, held in King of Prussia. Former dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and chancellor of the Medical College of Pennsylvania (since integrated into the Drexel University College of Medicine), Cohen was cited for his many...
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What’s in your wallet? Make that handbag, with (from left) Lindy Snider, Hope Cohen, Andrea ­Freundlich and Pauline McDonald supplying the answers in their roles as hosts of “Handbag Artisan Corner.” The fundraiser for Mission Kids, a humanitarian group helping children overcome major obstacles in their lives, featured artisans from the Gucci Florentine factory in Italy performing their creations of...
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A “Spoonful” of art: From left, Rob Dennis, Robyn Miller, Cindy Blackman and Rhea Dennis scoop up praise for their work in “Artists Re-Imagine the Spoon,” currently exhibited at Temple Judea Museum of Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park.
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Cantor Uriel Naor, who served for many years at Tiferet Bet Israel in Blue Bell and had an active concert career worldwide, died Sept. 27.
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Profile

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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