Y. was born on 18 February
1893 in Kornin, Kiev Gubernia, Ukraine. As a child he
came [tsuza] with his parents to America, and here
completed public and high school and he participated in
the school productions.
In 1910 he founded the
"Progressive Literary Club" in Chicago, and a year later
entered into Cleveland's Yiddish theatre under Harry
Gerstein's direction, where he prompted and acted in
small roles. He staged scenes and wrote roles for six
dollars a week.
Y. then traveled back to
Chicago, where he began to work in a Singer factory and
by night acted in vaudeville. In 1912 he was taken in by
Philip Weisenfreund into his troupe as an actor. In 1913
he acted in Denver (Colorado), and in the same year he
acted again in the Pavilion Theatre in Chicago (Director
In 1915 Y. acted for a short
time on the English stage, then again in Yiddish in the
Palace Theatre (St. Louis), and then with an itinerant
troupe across America.
In 1916 Y. acted in
Detroit's Circle Theatre (Director H. Kris?), 1921-22 in
Glickman's Palace Theatre in Chicago. In 1923 he became
a member in the union and has acted from then until 1927
in the Arch Street Theatre, Philadelphia. From 1927-29
he was with Gabel in New York's People Theatre. During
the 1929-30 season he was in Chicago; 1930-31 in
Philadelphia; 1931-32 in New York's German's Folks
Theatre, and in 1932-33 in the Prospect Theatre.