Saturday, July 12, 2014 Tammuz 14, 5774

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
Moriah Tobin has just been cast in the lead of Annie , the award-winning musical being performed in a joint production by Beth Sholom Congregation and Congregation Adath Jeshurun in Elkins Park on Feb. 7, 9 and 10. During the summer, Moriah, 11, a Hebrew school student at Adath Jeshurun, starred as Baby June in the Actors Net production of...
The National Liberty Museum celebrates the heroes of history and, with its Heroes of Liberty Gala, more contemporary figures. Along with TD Bank, the museum recently hosted its 12th event. Figuring in to the festivities are (from left) Brian and Cindy Effron; Gwen Borowsky, museum CEO; and Cindy and David Gruber. The function raised $150,000 for the museum’s educational programs.
Mix the letters in Tom Peled’s (top right) last name and you almost come up with what he does to promote good health in Israel. Well, almost: He was here to pedal his cause, Bike for the Fight, which aids and abets the Israel Cancer Research Fund. He stopped off during his travels as “spokes”-person for the cause at a...
Area children gave of their time and supplies to benefit Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia at a recent yard sale. From left: David Meles, a 4th grader at Abrams Hebrew Academy; Tova Weiss Meles and Ruthie Meles, a 5th grader at Abrams Hebrew Academy; Ethan Volin, a 5th grader studying at Beth Sholom Congregation Hebrew School, Irian Blitshtein Volin and Vanessa...
A Gem of a Girl: Harriton High School junior Abri Bernstein grew a middle school jewelry fundraiser into a multi-year effort to raise awareness of genocide in Africa.


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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