N. was born in 1898 in
Aleksandrovsk (now Zaporozhye), Ukraine. Her father was
an employee in a Briansk plant, at the same time he
acted in the local orchestra. She was raised in
Yekaterinoslav, two years she lived with her family in
Pavlograd, later she moved to Dnepropetrovsk (n.
Yekaterinoslav), where he entered into a factory for
women's hats and she settled at the same time into her
studies with a well-known female teacher.
Entering into acting in an
"amateur" circle, she debuted in the role of "Jennie" in
Meyerson's play "Der hamer fun lebn" and soon thereafter
she participated also in a local Russian "amateur"
circle, debuting in Psibishevsky's "Tsulib glik". Since
then she has acted in an "amateur" circle and also
performed in roles in guest-starring professional
Yiddish troupes. Through the initiative of actor Zhelazo,
she entered into a professional Yiddish itinerant
troupe, but due to her family's situation, she had to
return to acting in the drama circle in the [chancy=tsufelike]
productions of the professional Yiddish troupes in
In 1919 she entered into the
troupe under the auspices of Miriam Trilling and Kazhdan,
where she acted until 1920, when the troupe disbanded
due to the death of Trilling, and N. traveled out with
Kazhdan's troupe to Baku, where she acted for two years.
In 1922 she entered into Brandesco's troupe in Moscow
and here, having the opportunity to become known to the
new Soviet Theatre, she received a negative position in
the old Yiddish theatre. Thereof she toured with a
collective under the auspices of Menachem