Tuesday, October 13, 2015 Tishri 30, 5776

Michael Elkin

Model citizens — as well as members of Hadassah’s Newtown Chapter — are Miriam Wolk (left) and Toby Adler, part of a fashion show fundraiser sponsored by the Hadassah group.
Taking stock of today’s economy were close to 200 people gathered for the annual meeting of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors of Greater Philadelphia at the City Line Hilton. Offering “A View from the Top” (from left) are Jason S. Goldstein of 1847 Financial; Brandon Friday, First Trust Financial; Harris Kivitz, president of NAIFA/GP; Jennifer Hall, New...
Publishing magnate Irvin J. Borowsky (second from left), founder and chairman of the National Liberty Museum and the American Interfaith Institute, is presented an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at Drexel University commencement ceremonies. Conferring the honor (from left) are provost Mark Greenberg; David Ruth, dean of students; and university president John Fry.
Comeback of the year? The Hillel at Bucks County Community College, which had ceased operations for a while, then reopened a revamped version to acclaim, was given the Phoenix Award by the college’s Center of Student Life. From left are David Chanin, vice president of Student Life; Jeff Fuchs, a sponsor of Hillel; Julia Ruben, CSL secretary; Brad Abrams, CSL...
Giving public relations a good image, Ike Richman (second from left), vice president, public relations, Comcast-Spectacor, was a special guest speaker at his alma mater, the University of Maryland, from which he graduated in 1988. Also addressing the students of the Shirley Povich School of Sports Journalism Summer Camp at the university (from left) are Kevin Byrne, senior vice president,...


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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