Thursday, July 31, 2014 Av 4, 5774

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
Making hamantashen so good Queen Esther would give her thumbs up: That’s what these sixth-graders from Beth David Reform Congregation in Gladwyne did as a special Purim treat for the long-term care residents at Martins Run in Media. They also sang songs in Hebrew and Yiddish, accompanied by accordionist Benjamin Laden.
Simon’s Soiree had nothing but charitable thoughts at heart for its “Affair of the Heart,” held at the Sheraton Valley Forge. Close to 400 people attended and helped raise some $200,000 for Simon’s Fund, named after Simon Sudman, who died of an undisclosed heart ailment while a toddler. The organization was started by his parents, Darren and Phyllis, in 2005...
Rabbi Seymour Rosenbloom , who is retiring from Congregation Adath Jeshurun in Elkins Park, will be saluted by the synagogue’s Women’s Association with its 5774 Torah Fund Person of Achievement Award on March 23. The award is being presented to the rabbinical leader on behalf of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.
Opening Day celebrations came early for Adults With Developmental Disabilities, headquartered in Jenkintown. The Phillie Phanatic was on hand to deliver a $7,500 grant to the agency’s executive director, Larry I. Rubin (left), and grant writer Justin Raemaekers, from Phillies Charities, Inc.
Mark Blum, new publisher of the Press of Atlantic City in New Jersey, offers insights into the news business at a breakfast with the Somers Point Business Association, whose president, Abby Spencer, introduced him.


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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