Saturday, November 22, 2014 Heshvan 29, 5775

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
A group of Philly movers and shakers of the Men’s Cabinet of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia showed their moves to help get a new court for GaGa — also known as Israeli dodge ball — set up at Camp Harlam in Kunkletown, Pa. Camp director Aaron Selkow (left) thanks those bringing in $10,000 for the court (from left):...
Michael Charles Erlbaum, 67, a successful floor covering business executive and a driving force in the Philadelphia Jewish community, died June 10 after a long battle with myelofibrosis.
Kaiserman JCC exec director Beth Segal checks out a $2,500 gift from Enterprise Holding Foundation, presented by its business development exec, Brian Joseph. The funds were donated by Enterprise employees. The check is targeted for scholarships for youngsters in need who want to attend the Kaiserman JCC summer day camp program, Camp Kef.
Honored for their commitment and dedication to the Perelman Jewish Day School, Saligman family members group together at the school’s annual Tribute Event, held at the Academy of Natural Sciences before a packed house of 350 attendees. More than $1.5 mil was raised at the benefit for the school’s Annual Fund.
With more than 5,000 people attending the Philadelphia Antiques Show, those attending its preview party got a terrific sneak peek at the ageless items on display at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Previewing the exhibits (from left) are Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz, joined by Joan Johnson from the show and Designers Circle member Barbara Eberlein.


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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