N. was born on 15 August
1892 in Lodz, Poland. His father was a teacher in a real
school, and being good at computing he became at the age
of fourteen a bookkeeper in Vilhelm Landau's bank.
N. turned to the amateur
circle under the direction of S. Koperman, but due to
his small stature he didn't become familiar with the
stage, and he had to be content with prompting. Later N.
entered into a second amateur circle, which soon became
transformed into a professional troupe, which toured
across the province. Under such conditions N. gradually
neglected his post and became a role rewriter for
Zandberg in his "Grand Theatre".
In 1907 N. became engaged by
Sholom Tsuker to Vilna in the Nozyk-Sabsey troupe as a
prompter, and he specialized as a writer off "tsenzurkes"
in German. In 1909 he entered into Fishzon's troupe,
where he married the chorus singer Naomi Levental. Here
he attempted to act in Schorr's "Der ikhsn", but it fell
through and he remained a prompter. First in 1917 he
came to Lodz's "Polish Theatre" (Director -- A. G.
Kompaneyets) with Morevsky, Stein, Kamien and Buloff and
traveled thereof to Vienna, where he acted with Itzhak
Deutsch in the "Freye yidishe folks-bine".
After the dissolution of the
troupe, N. entered into the Vilna Troupe, where he acted
from 1925 in Poland, Rumania, and Transylvania. Here he
created the role of "Der shadkhan" in Dymov's "Der
zinger fun zeyn troyer (The Singer of his Sorrows"),