Friday, July 11, 2014 Tammuz 13, 5774

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
All bets down! The Kaiserman JCC's annual Bet on the J fundraiser raised some spirits and some cash to go along with it. Sportscaster/honoree Michael Barkann (second from left) and his wife Ellen (left) make up a lineup of celebrants including (from left) Marc and Elaine Edelstein (she's a board member); JCC president Ron Hoxter and his wife Debi; and...
Have Torah, will travel: When Philadelphia lawyer Lou Fryman gets that holiday feeling while spending weekends with his family at their Eastern Shore outpost by the Chesapeake in Maryland, he gets a little help from his friends at Har Zion Temple. Fryman is one of a band of merry men -- and women -- who have built a havurah from...
Kenneth Kaiserman, 73, a major player in the local theatrical renaissance whose business acumen led to a towering career in real estate and whose heart was invested in the plight of Israel's Ethiopian Jewish refugees, died Aug. 19. The prominent Philadelphian had been battling the debilitating effects of colon cancer at a hospice in New York. He was president and...
Wake up and step aside, Steve Austin; it's time to make room for the "$4.5 Million Dollar Researcher"! Marla R. Wolfson , a Temple U. med school prof of psychology, pediatrics and medicine, has just snared two grants of close to $4.5 mil from the Office of Naval Research to study the possibilities of certain chemicals in preventing high altitude...
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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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