Sunday, March 1, 2015 AdarI 10, 5775

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
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It was a happy Hanukkah Happening at Beth Sholom.
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Alvin and Janet Schwartz, communal leaders whose $500,0000 gift to the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia's Endowment Fund was testament to their ongoing commitment and concern, died within 12 days of each other last month.
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Risa Vetri Ferman, the distict attorney for Montgomery County, has announced she will seek election to a Montco judgeship.
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The “Art and Soul of JRA” got a lot of shout-outs as some 650 fans and followers helped the Jewish Relief Agency celebrate its eighth annual event last month, while memorializing Michael C. Erlbaum, a seminal supporter of JRA. Agency leaders showing their belief in the agency (back row, from left): Larry Brownstein, Iris Brownstein, Margie Wargon, Brian Wargon, event...
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Burning bright are Marta (left), Sarah and Elliot Schindler at the Burn Foundation’s 39th Anniversary Gala & Auction. The event for the educational and support group was held at The Union League.
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Profile

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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