1917 -- joined the "Vilna
Troupe", where he debuted as 'Seriozha" in Artsibashev's
"Eyferzukht", and acted in the troupe until 1919. He had
the opportunity to direct with dramatic work in various
workers' clubs in Warsaw.
Then he left Poland and
traveled to the Soviet Union, where on 1 January 1920 he
joined the "Moscow Jewish State Theatre", and acted
there until 1925, working at the same time as a
regisseur-laborant with the play "Di kishufmakherin" by
Goldfaden, "Der get", and "200,000" by Sholem Aleichem.
At the end of 1925 --
invited to Minsk as a director of the drama circle with
the central Jewish workers' club, under the name of N.
Lenin, where he directed his dramatizations of Sholem
Aleichem's "Mentsn" in two acts (exploited by Sholem
Aleichem's "Datshes", et al.), and "Amerikaner geter",
according to Siegler.
1926 -- invited to Odessa,
where he created a theatrical studio as a section of the
general musical dramatic institute.
1928 -- joined the "State
Jewish Theatre in the Ukraine", together with his Odessa
studio, as a permanent regisseur and actor. Here N.
staged in the 1927-29 seasons "Ristokratn (Aristocrats),
a comedy in three acts, literary montage by D.
Volkenshteyn and M. Norvid, settings by M. Epstein,
choreography by G. Ganges, music by Steinbeg" [the play
was put together from Sholem Aleichem's "Mentshn", "Datshes",
"Farbitn di yutsrut", et al, and a similar play with the
same name by F. Arones in 1929 published in Minsk].
In the 1928-29 season there
was staged there "Amerikaner geter, a social drama from
Siegler [ from the novels "Di geshikhte fun a milyoner"
and "Kenig koyl"], literary montage -- David Hoffstein,
director -- M. Norvid, composer -- M. Milner, settings
-- Tishler", and "Hirsh Lekert", by A. Kushnirov,
director -- M. Norvid, settings -- Kroll, music --
In the 1929-30 season in the
same theatre, there was staged "Barg aroyf, from Z.
Tshalaya. Translated by H. Kozakevitsh, director -- M.
Norvid, settings -- Weiner, and (completed) Norvid,
construction -- Rudi, music -- Milner".
In 1931, N. was appointed to
the folkombild of the Ukraine as an artistic
director and main regisseur for the same theatre.
In the 1931-32 season there
was staged there on 29 December 1931 "Roman tsat, fun
alberton, director -- M. Norvid, artist -- Mandelberg,
N. organized for the theatre
a theatre seminar (to develop the young actors), and
founded a discussion club, where artistic questions were
discussed, which where related to the production, and
had created with the theatre a regisseur staff from his
own theatre ensemble.
N. published many articles
about theatre in Minsk's journal "Stern" (N' 1, 2936), "Emes"
in Moscow's "Naye vegn" (Kharkov, 1930), "Odeser
arbeter-tsaytung", and "Teater front" (Kharkov,
Sh. E. from
Z. Lyubomirsky -- "Melukhisher
yidisher teater in ukraine", pp. 24-66.
B. Orsansky -- Teater-shlakhtn,
Minsk 1931, pp. 98-99.