Thursday, July 24, 2014 Tammuz 26, 5774

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
When you Wistar upon a star -- and that's what the Foxes are to the world-famous Wistar Institute: Robert and Penny Fox lend their names to the new seven-story research edifice set to open in 2014. Here the philanthropists share space with a rendition of the Robert and Penny Fox Tower at the Wistar Institute.
Myles H. Tanenbaum, 82, a man who held court in fields as diverse as mall development, synagogue construction and building a springtime football team for Philadelphia, died Aug. 31 at the Quadrangle in Haverford, battling Alzheimer’s disease. A graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Penn­sylvania, as well as Penn law school, the Gladwyne resident made his mark...
Stuart D. Appel, a prominent landscape architect and licensed planner whose work as president and managing principal of Wells Appel was acknowledged for its groundbreaking artistry and integration of history and purpose — symbolized by the just dedicated memorial to 9/11 he designed for the city — died Sept. 20 of a heart attack while biking in Maryland. The Elkins...
Is it time for lunch yet? Just about: The 2012 MANNA Nourish Awards will be handed out over lunch on Sept. 20 at noon with one of the honorees being Dr. Richard Cohen , president/CEO of Public Health Management Corporation. The good doc has had much on his plate over the decades and the award recognizes him for “his more...
Give this man a chair! Better yet, he deserves an award: Concluding his time in the post of chairman of the board of trustees and board of overseers of the Einstein Healthcare Network, a position he had held since 2009, Richard S. Sheerr has a lot to smile about as he shares a snapshot with a framed copy of a...


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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