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Yiddish Theater

Birth of Adrienne Cooper, Performer and Interpreter of Yiddish Song

September 1, 1946

Adrienne Cooper was in a way the mother of the Yiddish revival.

Irene Lewisohn

Irene Lewsohn co–founded the Neighborhood Playhouse, known for producing experimental plays by writers like James Joyce and Sholem Asch.

Miriam Kressyn

Miriam Kressyn was that rare talent known as much for her performances as for her work offstage as a historian of the Yiddish theater.

Jennie Goldstein

Jennie Goldstein won the hearts of her audiences playing tragic roles in Yiddish melodramas, but when tastes changed, she showed her versatility by playing comic roles with equal skill.

Berta Gersten

Regal and soft-spoken, Berta Gersten graced the Yiddish stage for decades, playing a wide range of leading roles to great critical acclaim.

Glika Bilavsky

Glika Bilavsky’s activities ran the gamut of secular Yiddish culture, from her political activism to her theatrical career.

Bella Bellarina

A star of the avant-garde Vilna Troupe, Bella Bellarina was beloved on the Yiddish stage but faded to obscurity when her lack of English prevented her from transitioning to mainstream theater.

Belle Baker

Torch singer Belle Baker’s resonant voice made her the first choice of many composers to debut their songs, introducing 163 songs to the public over the course of her career on stage and in recordings.

Anna Appel

Anna Appel was known for her performance of motherly characters in Yiddish and English roles on stage and screen.

Celia Adler

Celia Adler won acclaim and success in the Yiddish theater world as a founding member of the Jewish Art Theater.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Yiddish Theater." (Viewed on November 20, 2014) <http://jwa.org/topics/yiddish-theater>.

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