W. was born on 18 September
(A. S.) 1880 in Priluki, Poltava Gubernia, Ukraine. His
parents were storekeepers.
Until age eight he learned
in a cheder, later working for a tobacco manufacturer.
His first acquaintance with
the theatre came via "Tsushteln" [rekvizit] in a
Ukrainian troupe in which he acted on the same stage,
where W.'s family lived.
In 1892 he immigrated to
America and sold newspapers here, later working in a shelkes
factory, becoming a "Sabbath visitor" of the Yiddish
theatre, founding together with Abe Kogut the "Young
Star Dramatic Club", where he was the secretary. When
Leon Mandeltort performed in the Goldfaden club in "Naye
be, naye me", W. was the prompter, and later he
performed with Mandeltort across the province as a
prompter and role-writer.
Later W. was stage manager with Kessler, debuting in the
role of "Lawyer" in Kobrin's "East Side Ghetto", and
since that time has been active as the stage manager and
actor with the popular troupes of New York.
From 1912-15 W. was stage
manager and also [performed] in episodic roles on the
English stage. In 1920 he was a partner with the
director of the Lyric Theatre. In 1923 he was stage
manager with the English actor Warfield.