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Nina Warnke

Nina Warnke is assistant professor of Yiddish Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Her work on Yiddish theater has appeared in American Jewish History, Theatre Journal, YIVO Annual, Yiddish Theatre: New Approaches and Sholem Asch Reconsidered.

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Berta Gersten

Berta Gersten, a tall, regal, soft-spoken actor, was a highly acclaimed leading lady in the Yiddish art theater movement for fifty years. Her career on the English-language stage, though shorter, was also distinguished. Gersten was one of the original members of Maurice Schwartz’s Yiddish Art Theater, toured worldwide, performed in English films, and acted on Broadway.

Anna Appel

Anna Appel was known for her performance of motherly characters in Yiddish and English roles and had a successful career in Yiddish vaudeville, film, and on Broadway. Appel had her big break in 1918 in Morris Schwartz’s popular Yiddish Art Theater; she performed there for ten years, before moving to Yiddish film. In 1928 she made her Broadway debut and performed until 1959. 

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