Sunday, May 24, 2015 Sivan 6, 5775

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
Family affair — that was the reunion attended by five generations of the Tabas family. Some 70 members from across the country gathered locally at a brunch to help the Jewish Relief Agency’s goal of giving food and staples relief to those in need. Baron Tabas Hantig (left), 9, of Villanova, and Sammy Rosenberg, 8, of Marlton, N.J., lend a...
Siegel, a well-respected French teacher, inspired numerous students and frequently visited Israel on mission trips.
An area native awaits the publication of her second novel, set in the Yemen of 1920; the Golden Slipper Clubs & Charities announces the honorees for its annual gala; and a local human rights activist with an international imprint is named to receive a coveted award from the National Historical Marian Anderson Museum and Society.
With a bid of $88 billion, Lewis Katz and “Gerry” Lenfest won the auction of the parent company of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News.
Five area students active with Hillel will be honored by the campus organization for their exemplary work.


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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