Born on 28 April 1884 in
Tiraspol, Ukraine. At the age of eight he entered into
R' Hershel's Yeshiva in Uman and learned in a Talner
circle. In 1896 he immigrated with his family to London,
where A. worked during the day as a boot stitcher, and
in the evening he learned with R' Aba Verner, the rabbi
of "Mkhziki kds", and at the same time A. learned
English, and four years later A. entered into the
English Henry Irving Dramatic and Literary Club.
In 1902 A. founded, together
with Y. L. Cahan the "Forward Club (Union)" in London,
in which Y. L. Cahan used to each Sunday read about
literature, and A. used to sing Yiddish folksongs,
reading and reciting from Yiddish classics and imitating
the then famous English actors. A year later, A.
published in the "Yiddish Telegraph" a series of
articles about Yiddish theatre in London.
In 1907 A. arrived in
America and there took courses, especially about drama
and theatre problems, was for a time active and also
president of a literary dramatic club.
Being an active collaborator
in the workshop, A. also was active in the labor
organization of the Actor's Union, and he led a strike
of the Yiddish actors due to the lockout of Michael
Mintz and Lipzin during the guest appearance of
Komisarzhevska. Afterwards A. was active in the People's
union support of the Art Theatre, and with the creating
of the Theatre Worker's Union, where he is an executive
member and secretary of the union. In 1929 --
vice-president of "Artef", from which he resigned at the
end of the same year.