Thursday, October 27, 2016 Tishri 25, 5777

Michael Elkin

Some 135 trustees and friends of the Abramson Center for Jewish Life gathered not in Horsham but Boca Raton, Fla., for their spring get-together. The group heard about what’s happening at the center over brunch at the Woodfield Country Club, including details about Abramson’s new Medical Adult Day Care project, coming to Federation Housing’s Goldstein Apartments in the summer. Among...
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A Beverly Hills tale: Is the ski-capped Chazz (“A Bronx Tale”) Palminteri giving line readings of “The Scoop on Breasts,” authored by Philly’s Dr. Ted and Joyce Eisenberg? No, the much-honored actor/playwright was visiting the Eisenbergs’ Gifting Suite — where they were promoting the book — during all the Oscar hoopla out L.A. way.
The sun will come out tomorrow? It was the daughter who shone more than any on stage for dad as Moriah Tobin’s title portrayal in “Annie” wowed the crowds in the joint Beth Sholom/Adath Jeshurun Players production of the award-winning musical. Dad Jonathan Tobin is a past editor of the “Jewish Exponent.”
You’re in the Army now — or were — to much acclaim. Ret. Army Lt. Col. Kathy Brill (center) gets atten-hut from Post 98, Jewish War Veterans, whose officials presented her with an Award of Excellence at ceremonies in the Northeast. Making the call (from left) are Gil Benedict, the post’s junior vice commander; Bernard Lertzman, county commander; Don Feldman,...


Michael Elkin worked for the Jewish Exponent for over 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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