Bio

Nahma Sandrow’s Vagabond Stars: A World History of Yiddish Theater is now in its third edition and remains the definitive work in the field.  Her other books include God, Man, and Devil: Yiddish Plays in Translation and Surrealism: Theater, Arts, Ideas. In addition, she has written feature articles for the New York Times, the New York Sun, ARTnews, and other newspapers, magazines and journals.

The opera Enemies, A Love Story (based on I.B. Singer’s novel), for which she wrote the libretto with composer Ben Moore, will have its world premiere at the Palm Beach Opera in February, 2015.  Dr. Sandrow won the Outer Critics Circle Award for the book of the musical Kuni-Leml. Other theater credits include the adaptation of her prize-winning history Vagabond Stars for the stage, and many translations, several of which have been produced.  She is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Research Foundations of both the State University of New York and the City University of New York. A PEN-nominated grant from the New York State Council on the Arts supported her translation of Shulamis, a classic Yiddish operetta, which was subsequently performed at Harvard University.

Dr. Sandrow lectures widely. She has spoken at universities such as Harvard and Oxford, as well as at the Smithsonian Institution and many other academic and cultural organizations. She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and the Yale School of Drama.