Saturday, July 12, 2014 Tammuz 14, 5774

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
Somewhere over the Rainbow Ball, the Madlyn and Leonard Abramson Center for Jewish Life found pots of golden celebrations feting Jewish leaders at this 22nd annual event, held at Loews Philadelphia Hotel. Karen and Neil Model of Newtown (seated) were honored with the center’s highest accolade, the Family Award. Wishing mazel tov to the couple (from left) are board chairman...
David Carel , a 2009 Barrack Hebrew Academy grad now a senior at Yale University, has been selected as a 2013 Rhodes Scholar, just one of 32 chosen nationally. Carel, who has led projects targeting HIV/AIDS educational programs to susceptible youngsters in the Kwazulu-Natel section of South Africa, is working on a degree in economics. Chosen as a Yale Global...
Darren and Phyllis Sudman made a mission of providing free heart screenings after losing an infant son to an undiagnosed case of arrhythmia.
Amy Gutmann , president of the U of P, will be receiving the Vision for Philadelphia Award from Philadelphia Hospitality Inc. on Dec. 17 at the Hyatt at the Bellevue. At the 20th anniversary celebration of the establishment of its College of Arts and Sciences, Drexel University honored former Gov. Edward Rendell with its Distinguished Friend of the College of...
David Carel, a 2009 graduate of Akiba Hebrew Academy in his senior year at Yale University, has been selected as a 2013 Rhodes Scholar. Carel is one of 32 Rhodes Scholars chosen nationally. At Yale, Carel is working on a degree in economics. As a Yale Global Health Initiative Fellow, he has headed projects targeting HIV/AIDS educational programs to susceptible...


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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