In 1908 E. took part in
concerts with Sam Adler's troupe, in which he performed
(with N. Neroslavska, Jacob Ben Ami and Lazar Freed) his
translation "The Stepchildren," acting in the role of
"Kapellmeister." The play had a great success and
several months later he was invited to become the
permanent stage director in the troupe (Kiev, Theatre
Berganye), but he put himself in connection with the "Hirshbein
Troupe", with which he came to Warsaw and planted
himself here (together with Hirshbein, David Herman and
A. Weiter) and staged Peretz's "The Golden Chain", which
came but did not stay.
For a long time E. occupied
himself with propagandizing in the province, especially
in Lita, for the Warsaw "Yiddish Theatre Society." In
1912 he published (together with A. Kirshnitz) three
volumes of "Bobruisk Weekly," which was principally
dedicated to theatre and arts questions and also founded
the publishing house "Menachem," which issued Peretz
Hirshbein's "Mayn bukh (My Book)" and "Di puste kretshme
(The Idle Inn)."
1918 -- being manager of the
Petrograd Theatre Society, [and] E. organized a theatre
studio and with the understanding of A. Azarch (Granovsky),
A. Weiter and Sh. Niger he founded "A kamer-teater (A
chamber theatre[?])" for experimentation, which E.
maintained with his own earned money, until he staged Sholem Asch's "Amonon and Tamar" and "Tsum vinter" (31
June 1919), which only "amateurs" took part in. This
studio later became the nucleus of "Mim't."
In 1919 he arrived in Vilna,
where he directed with the "Theatre Society" and staged
there a series of plays and "artistic evenings."
Then E. settled in Warsaw
where he presented on 27 March 1921 with the Vilna
Troupe Sholem Asch's "Amnon and Tamar" and "Der zindiker"
and published articles on theatre and art themes in the
periodical publications "Lebn," "Kultur," and "Yiddish
Theatre" (of which he was also co-editor of volumes 4
In the third convention of
the Yiddish actors in Poland, E was selected as chairman
of the Professional Yiddish Artists Union in Poland and
remained in that position until 1932, when he went off
to America, where he tried to create a secular Yiddish
actors organization. As one of the initiators and
founders of the Yiddish theatre society in New York, E.
was general secretary, teacher in its dramatic studio
and (together with Dr. Mukdoni) was editor of her organ
"Tealit" [November 1923-March 1924].
In August 1925 E. staged
(under freyen himel) in the Arbeter Ring camp "Kinderland,"
with the participation of one hundred and fifty
children, his dramatization "Der gliklekher prints" ["Der
gliklekher prints, a children's play in one act,
according to Oscar Wilde, from Mendel Elkin, published by
the Education Department of the Arbeter Ring, 1929, 40
After the disintegration of
the "Theatre Society," he managed (together with David
Pinski, Peretz Hirshbein, H. Leivick and Chaim Schneyer)
the "Unzer Theatre," where on 9 December 1925 thre was
staged under the direction of E., Egon Brecher and
Peretz Hirshbein Sh. An-ski's "Day and Night" [with E.'s
writing of the second act, which under the name of
"Small's Government (?)" was published in the collection
book "Shriftn" VIII. E. later, together with David
Pinski, adapted the same play and gelozt
translation into English.]
1926-27 -- was secretary,
librarian and play speaker in the Irving Place Theatre
(Manager -- Jacob Ben Ami), in which he used to perform
with the reading of the Sunday Frimorgans (?).
Here he also translated Yushkevich's "Ale in moskes huts
eyner," which however was not staged.
1928 -- founded a children's
theatre studio, with which he, on 26 April 1928,
staged in the Yiddish Art Theatre his adaptation of "Bum
un dreydl, in three acts and four scenes, by N.
Shklyar, music -- A. Ellstein; dance -- Lilly Shapero,
Scenery -- A. Chertov; Costumes -- Van Rosen," which
also in 1921 was published in his translation in the
Vilna Kletzkin publishing house.
In the summer of 1923 E.
directed a camp for children, where he staged various
children's plays and sketches, including his play "Motl
tremp (Motl the Tramp)" ["Motl tremp, a children's play
in one act by Mendel Elkin, issued by the Education
Department of the Arbeter Ring, 1928] and also used to
perform by himself with monologues and sketches.
On 1 May 1932 in New York E.
was honored for his thirty years in theatre and cultural
E. also translated the
plays: "Max nordau. Two Worlds (Doctor Kon), a drama in
four acts, translated by M. Elkin. Vilna publishing
house of B. A. Kletzkin." [1921, 103 pp., 16°], which
was performed through L. Sokolov, and "B. Shaw,
Candida, a mystery in three acts, Vilna publishing house
of B. A. Kletzkin"  and dramatized (for Jacob Ben
Ami) Dostoyevsky's "Idiot," which until today was never
E. (together with Jacob
Mestel) was the initiator and manager of the theatre
exhibition for the Yiddish theatre museum in New York in
1926 and in 1927 edited the "Anniversary Collection Book
for the 50-Year Birthday of Dr. A. Mukdoni" [24 pp.,
In "Vayter-bukh" there was
published an interesting letter exchange between E. and
E.'s daughter, Esther, is a
pianist and often performs as an accompanist on the
piano for Yiddish concerts.
E.'s plays and translations
 Max Nordau
Two Worlds (Doctor Kon)
A drama in 4 acts
translated by M. Elkin
publishing house of B. A. Kletzkin
[1921, 1903 p. 16°]
 B. Shaw
Mystery in 3 acts
Yiddish M. Elkin
Vilna publishing house of B. A. Kletzkin 
 N. Shḳlyar
Bum un dreydl
Yiddish M. Elkin
Vilna publishing house of B. A. Kletzin 
 Mendel Elkin
[texts of the 2nd act of Sh. An-ski's "Day and Night"
"Shriftn," N. Y., VIII, 1925]
 Motl tremp
A children's play in one act
by Mendel Elkin
Published by the Education Department of the Arbeter
Arbeter Ring Children's Library 
 Der gliklakher prints
A children's play in one act
According to Oscar Wilde
Published by the Education Department
Arbeter Ring 1929 [40 pp., 16°]
Sh. E. and Sh.
E. from Jacob Mestel
Z. Reyzen --
"Lexicon of Yiddish Literature," Vol. II, pp.
M. Elkin -- Mayn
letste bagegnish mit bel-mekhshbus, "Tealit," N.
Y., February 1924.
Dr. Jacob Shatzky
-- Der "gliklakher prints" in "kinderland," "Fraye
arbayter shtime," N. Y., 14 August 1925.
A. Glantz -- Der
farendigter teater-sezon, "Der tog," N. Y., 3
Dr. A. Mukdoni --
Zikhrunus fun a yidishn teater-kritiker,
"Archive," Vilna, 1930, pp. 406, 410, 421.