Thursday, July 31, 2014 Av 4, 5774

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
At the opening of the Medical Adult Day Center of the Madlyn and Leonard Abramson Center for Jewish Life (from left) are Michael B. Steinberg, board chairman; Carol A. Irvine, president and CEO; Eric Naftulin, executive director, Federation Housing Inc.; Sue Weiss, executive officer and chair of social services committee, Federation Housing Inc.; Holly Lange, president and CEO, Philadelphia Corporation...
It was certainly a day to honor the nation’s veterans, past and present, and that is exactly what Congregation Mikveh Israel did. At a special presentation, the synagogue hosted students from the junior ROTC program at Frankford High School. The day’s planners and speakers included (from left): Rao Pattela, head librarian at Temple University School of Law; Sherwood D. Goldberg,...
Some 400 volunteers were honored for their service at the Klein JCC.
Rabbi Morton F. Yolkut, who served three pulpits over a long career, the last of which, Shaare Shamayim-Beth Judah in Philadelphia, he retired from in 2008 after 13 years as religious leader, died Nov. 11.
A Sports Awards Dinner honors one of the Katz JCC's longstanding good sports with a Lifetime Achievement Award; a local lawyer is hailed as Fellow of the Year by the American Matrimonial Law Association; an area psychiatrist pens a book on 10 steps to relieve anxiety; and Blank Rome LLP elects a chairman to a three-year term.


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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