Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Nisan 16, 5774

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
Rodney Robb and Boni Wolf are serving, respectively, as producer and director of Sonic Pop Live, a new kids’ TV show headquartered in Philadelphia and shown throughout the region daily on Atlantic City’s WACP, Channel 4 (moving to WMCN, Channel 21 beginning Oct. 21). The series — partially scripted, the rest improvised — follows a group of children, ranging from...
Got that Thrify feeling? Jewish Family and Children's Services is opening a Thrift Store at 8948 Frankford Ave., with a celebration set for Oct. 23. Dakota Marine (left) and JFCS staffer Samantha Michlovitz size up some of the many contributions.
Making Jewish history come alive is the target of the Project Runway of American Jewish Historical Figures program of Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park. Here youngsters get a surprise booking in the K.I. Library: a visit from poet Emma Lazarus and nurse/author Lillian Wald. Playing their parts are Mia (left, standing) and Atara, helping to bring history off...
Dr. Rivka Carmi (fourth from left), Ben-Gurion University president, served as guest speaker, and Sherrie Savett (fifth from left), president, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, as tribute chair when American Associates of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev honored its Women of Distinction. From left are Lynne M. Abraham, former Phila­delphia district attorney; Jane Golden, executive director of Philadelphia Mural Arts;...
Dr. D. Walter Cohen (third from left) was recently honored at the AmeriHealth Caritas Partnership Integration of Dental and Medical Conference, held in King of Prussia. Former dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and chancellor of the Medical College of Pennsylvania (since integrated into the Drexel University College of Medicine), Cohen was cited for his many...


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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