Tuesday, July 7, 2015 Tammuz 20, 5775

Michael Elkin

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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...
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"To Bigotry No Sanction" -- especially with these sentries to ward it off! At a reception for "To Bigotry No Sanction: George Washington and Religious Freedom," the first special exhibition of the National Museum of American Jewish History, (from left) are Bill Mifflin, exec director, Philadelphia Hospitality; Ivy L. Barsky, museum director/ CEO; Elaine Grobman, exec director, Komen for the...
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Raise a glass to University of the Arts trustees Irvin Borowsky and Laurie Wagman , who will be honored Sept. 19 at a reception held at the university. The tribute is for the Borow­skys' support of its glass arts program, which will be known from now on as the Irvin Borowsky Center for Glass Arts. Also to be announced: The...
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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...
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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...
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Profile

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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