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
 

Zvi Scooler

 

 

Born on 30 November 1899 in Kamenets-Podolsk, Volin.

He studied in a Talmud Torah, and Yiddish and Russian privately, afterwards in a Kamenets yeshiva and also was given "hours" of Hebrew and Russian by the neighbor's children.

In June of 1912 he came with the family to his father in New York. There, after three years he graduated from the "Yeshiva Rabbeinu Yakov Yosef."

Later, by day he was an errand boy for various factories, and in the evening he studied in a high school and Beit HaMidrash, his studies directed by Ch. A. Friedland.

In 1916 for the first time he performed on the stage in Goldfaden's Hebrew one-act "Dovid bemelekhma." After, he performed at the "Kunst-Ring (Workmen's Circle)" when he then became employed in the public scenes in the Yiddish Art Theatre. Here he debuted in "The Dybbuk" as "Menasha" and subsequently as "Henekh" and remained with this theatre for three years.

In 1923 he organized with more members of the Workmen's Circle the "Yiddish Dramatic Studio" which put on Osip Dymow's composition Galsvirt's "Kamf."

From 1923-5 he acted in the lover roles at the Irving Place Theatre with Satz.

From 1925-6 he took courses at Columbia University.

In the summer of 1926, he acted in the English play "Vi Amerikens (We Americans)."

In 1926-7, he acted in the provinces and in Anschel Schorr's Liberty Theatre.

In 1928-9, at the Folks Theatre with German.

In 1930-1, with the "Keyt Troupe" led by Nathan Goldberg.

In 1931-2, at the Folks Theatre with German.

On 24 March 1931 S. was named as a member of the Actor's Union.

In 1932 he participated in  the Yiddish sound film "Uncle Moses" by Sholem Asch, and in the English revue "Forvart Martsh (Forward March)."


Sh. E.

  • Jacob Kirschenbaum -- Naye pn's'er oyf unzer bine, "Morning Journal", N. Y., 9 March 1928.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 2, page 1540.
 

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