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."