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
 

Nathan Goldberg

 

G. was born on 19 August 1887 in Tarnopol, Galicia. His father was the owner of a bakery business. In 1888 almost the entire family immigrated to America. Here G. learned in a cheder, in public and high school, and he participated in the school productions in English. G. became a buyer for a department store, and he founded at the same time the "Nathan Goldberg Dramatic Club, where he acted in the main roles in Yiddish. (Member of that club were the late actor Schwartz, Rose Finkental (then Goldberg), Jacob Goldstein, Joseph Schwartzberg et al).

In 1903 G. performed for the first time professionally in Yiddish vaudeville in the Golden Rule House. After acting for several years in vaudeville in various vaudeville places, G. married Rose Finkental, and together they acted for several years in legitimate theatre across the province, participating also in the first permanent Yiddish troupe in Canada under the direction of Louis Mitnick. Later G. was for a season director of Yiddish theatre in Newark, then a season of the Lyric Theatre, and then thirteen years as director of the Lenox Theatre in Harlem, also being at the same time two years co-director of the National Theatre. Since 1927 N. is the director of the Prospect Theatre, Bronx, acting in first roles in his troupes.


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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 1, page 268.
 

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