Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Tammuz 25, 5774

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
The late Gertrude Brooks Hankin, a prominent humanitarian who numbered Magen David Adom as a major concern and gift recipient, was feted at the dedication of a new MDA ambulance in her memory by her family. Those attending included (from left) Robert Nappen, Mad­e­line Nappen, Sharon Schmidt, Rabbi Gregory Marx, Helene Hankin, Mark Hankin, and Ina and George Hankin. The...
Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel recently booked Israeli author Reva Mann, whose memoir “The Rabbi’s Daughter” caused controversy for its candid nature since it first appeared in 2007, for a talk/ discussion at the Elkins Park synagogue. Joining the author (second from left) are Rabbi Nathan Martin of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College; and Sharon Buckingham and Lynn Rosen, K.I. Meyers Library...
Feasterville Business Association’s current president, Ted Hauptman (left), honors Ray S.Greenberg with the FBA Past President Award at the association’s annual celebration in Feasterville.
Golden Slipper Clubs & Charities is the beneficiary of a $5,000 donation from the Odell Studner Foundation, with the money targeted for the charitable group’s Human Needs and Services Division. At the presentation (from left) are GSC president Stephen Frishberg; Brett Studner, principal at Odell Studner and himself a current member and former president of Golden Slipper; and Brian Gilberg,...
Gertrude Zeehandelaar, 91, whose efforts during the Holocaust helped save many young lives, died April 26. As a teen, Zeehandelaar was given the responsibility of helping children escape the advances of the Nazis by placing youngsters on the Kindertransport, as it made its way out of harm’s way, leaving the Netherlands for the sanctuary of England. After World War II,...


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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