S. was born in 1880 in
Ozorkow, Poland. His father was a tailor. He worked as a
weaver and sung with the city's cantor, and in 1896
with Shliferstein's troupe he also led there in
"Shulamit", S. went into the chorus and was soon
observed by the actor Ribalsky, who encouraged him
into becoming an actor.
In 1897 S. left his mother
and sister, whose [shpeyzer] him, traveled to Warsaw and
performed there in the chorus in Weisfeld's troupe. But
after in the same year he was drawn into acting as
"David" in Epelberg's "Dovid in der viste" and remained
there as an actor.
In 1903 S. went around
within Kharkov in Kompaneyets' troupe, where he
performed across the entire state of Russia (Samara,
Aaratov, Voronyezh, Tula, et al). In 1903 he went over
to Yekaterinoslav in Fishzon's troupe, where he acted
for two years.
In 1905 he acted with
Kaminska in Odessa and in 1906 he performed with
Kaminska in Warsaw, where he acted for three years as
first lover-singer and went with the tour of the "Fareynikte
trupe (United Troupe)", with whom he also acted as a
dramatic lover in Gordin-Libin-Kobrin repertory, and
afterwards acted for Zandberg in Lodz's "Grand
In 1913 he was, together
with Julius Adler, director of Lodz's Skala Theatre,
where it was also the first time of the Yiddish
Europe performed an entire range of drama and
operettas, in which S. acted in the chief role and
directed the operettas.
time of the World War, S. (together with Julius
Adler, Julia Zandberg and M. D. Vaksman) co-directed
for the Lodz "Grand Theatre" and for Kaminska's
theatre in Warsaw. He also was the administrator for
a large tour that traveled across the Polish
province, acting in certain places, where people
until that point never saw Yiddish acting.
he was engaged in America in Thomashefsky's National
he, together with Julius Adler, was director of the
Liberty Theatre in Brownsville, and soon he came
back to the National Theatre (with Molly Picon) and
guest-starred in the summer of 1930 in Lodz, and in
the summer of 1931 he was in Paris, Belgium and
he returned to America and after, from time to time,
he participated in productions.
he acted in Chicago's Lawndale Theatre.
in beyz -- Ver zeynen di drey neye idishe aktyoren?,
"Forward", N. Y., 1 Oct. 1920.
Cahan -- Importirte operetes in dramen far unzere
hige teatere, "Forward", N. Y., 1 Oct. 1920.
Grim -- Der import fun eyrope, "Fraue arbayter
shtime", N. Y., 12
Prilutski -- "Yidish teater", Bialystok, 1921 [in di
retenzies vegn gordns pyeses].
A. Mukdoni -- Zkhrunut fun a idishn teater-kritiker,
"Archiv", Vilna, 1930, p. 364.
Spektator [N. Frank] -- Der erster oyftrit fun h'
serotzki in pariz, "Parizer haynt", 22 March 1931.