Monday, April 27, 2015 Iyyar 8, 5775

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
Can you top this? Temple Emanuel in Cherry Hill, N.J., is attempting to reclaim its world record in dreidel spinning snared by members of the Conservative movement’s youth group in Philadelphia in 2011. The spinning will top off on Dec. 14, at 10:30 a.m., at the synagogue. On hand to verify the attempt will be a panoply of community leaders...
L’Oréal Paris named Phyllis Sudman the 2014 National Woman of Worth for her achievements with the locally-based Simon’s Fund.
Blue Bell teen Elizabeth Moore has donated some 2,000 books to inner-city children and is hoping to organize a foundation that would fundraise for other literacy efforts.
Mark A. Aronchick , the youngest city solicitor in Philadelphia’s history when he served during the William Green mayoralty administration from 1973 to 1977, and former chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, will be saluted with the PNC Achievement Award on Dec. 9 at the Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue. Among factors in his being cited for the honor is...
DVDs and streaming allow us to take in a holiday movie that doesn’t feature Jimmy Stewart
As Chanukah approaches, check out these movies that tell the tale of the holiday, or at least embody the spirit of it.


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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