Thursday, April 17, 2014 Nisan 17, 5774

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
Comcast Spectacor chair — and No. 1 Fly-guy — Ed Snider is set to be saluted on Jan. 28, just after the strike-shortened hockey season begins play, by the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association. Recognizing Snider for his communal involvement and philanthropic endeavors, the group will give out its signal Ed Snider Lifetime Distinguished Humanitarian Award at a dinner at the...
Highlights of the event, “Healthy Living, Higher Learning,” AMIT Philadelphia Council/Shira Chapter’s recent annual gala at the Merion Tribute House in Merion Station? Here they are from an evening that honored Gilad & Dr. Janet Gevar­ya­hu and attorney Debra G. Speyer, who surprised participants by announcing she would match funds raised by the Winokur Foundation’s Emergency Fund Campaign through the...
Meadowlands Country Club staged not just rounds of golf but tennis and table games (mah jonng, anyone?) to battle MS in honor of John Brogan III, the club’s bar manager, who is afflicted with the disease. It was all part of Annual Charity Day at MCC, bringing in close to $50,000 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, which brought smiles...
Honorees Janet and Gilad Gevaryahu joined Leadership Honoree Debra Speyer in being feted at the recent AMIT Philadelphia Council/Shira Chapter’s annual gala. The Feasterville Business Association is getting down to business in the new year with a slate of officers including Theodore Hauptman , president; Larry Laiken , financial secretary; Dennis I. Marko­witz , treasurer; and directors Ray S. Greenberg...
Cherry Hill Township Mayor Chuck Cahn (left) provides a handshake and a welcome to Stephen Klein of the Klein Company, at the grand opening of the company’s Dwell Luxury Apartments in Cherry Hill, N.J.


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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