Lives in the Yiddish Theatre
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN THE Yiddish THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"

1931-1969
 

Annie Cherniak
(Feinman)
 

 

Ch. was born on 15 July 1896 in a small village in Grodno Gubernia, Polish Lithuania, to well-to-do religious parents. As a child of ten Ch., after the death of her father, came to America to her sister and brother. Here she learned in a public school and manifested a desire for singing and dancing.

At the age of sixteen, she went away with a musical show to Philadelphia, but soon she traveled to an aunt in Boston, where she worked in a ladies' waist [veystn] shop, and as a member of the local "Jacob Gordin Dramatic Club," she debuted there in the title role of Gordin's "Devorahle meyuhas". Later Ch. participated in the "Oscar Green Stock Company" (Green, Annie Lubin, Max Badin, Morris Balanov et al) across he province, and she acted in the [Pipedya] Playhouse Theatre in Boston, which she later took over with her husband Jacob Cherniak.

In 1929 Ch. directed a non-union troupe in the communities of New York, where she was the premiere [actress] and there also had staged several plays, which she alone had written. Between 1930 and 1933 Ch. acted in the Bronx's McKinley Square Theatre in  the "Cooperative European Troupe."

Ch. is a member of the "Independent Hebrew Actors League."
 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 2, page 906.
 

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