Born on 25 December 1881 in
New York, America. Father -- the owner of a tailor
workshop. He learned in a public school, and later
traded houses and land.
Due to the marriage of his
mother, Rae, with David Kessler, there was formed a
partnership in 1907 in the management in the Thalia
Theatre, where he was for two seasons, and in 1909
brought from Europe the actors Esther Rukhl Kaminska,
Misha Fishzon and Vera Zaslavska.
In 1909 the Kessler Second
Avenue Theatre was built (New York, Second Avenue and
2nd Street), where he was together with Kessler manager
of the troupe until 1918. In 1912 he, together with
Edelstein, Adler and Thomashefsky, built the National
Theatre (New York, Second Avenue and Houston Street),
where he was a manager for them until 1914.
1918-21 -- was, together,
with Maurice Schwartz, manager of the Irving Place
Theatre, 1922-25 -- by himself a manager of the same
theatre, and 1925-27 -- again, a partner with Charlie
In 1926 W. opened the
theatre as the Irving Place Art Theatre with Ben-Ami at
its head and brought from Europe the actresses Lidia
Pototska and Helene Zhelinska.