Wednesday, May 6, 2015 Iyyar 17, 5775

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
Dealing with diabetes exposed another dimension of Brett Rubin's determination to heal the world.
Jack J. Cohen, who served as chairman of the Allied Jewish Appeal of South Jersey (now known as the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey) some 30 years ago, died at age 87 on July 26.
Jerry Wolman, the Shenandoah native who took the Philadelphia Eagles under his wing for six years starting in 1964, died this week.
Dr. Richard I. Fisher , an eminent hematology/oncology specialist, has been named president/CEO of Fox Chase Cancer Center. Fisher, who recently became part of the Temple Health system, will serve as Cancer Center director and as principal researcher of the Cancer Center Support Grant issued by the National Cancer Institute. He remains the senior associate dean for cancer programs at...
Let’s twist again like we did last summer? Why not, say those reveling in the annual 1950s-style Seniors’ Sock Hop hosted by the volunteers of the Auxiliary of the Madlyn and Leonard Abramson Center for Jewish Life in Horsham Township. Here, Gabriella Kilshaw, 5, gets into the hoopla. Gabriella’s an old hand at bringing fun to the residents, visiting along...


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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