AVROM-YITSKHOK TANTSMAN (November 12, 1857-November 13, 1908)
He was born in Warsaw, Poland. In the later 1870s he became a wandering Yiddish actor, later a darling of the Yiddish theatrical world in Poland. He also published songs. He published in 1891 in Poland: Hotsmakh’s kremil fun fershidene antiken, 25 yudishe folkslider vos zenen gezungen gevoren in goldfadens yudishen theater (Hotsmakh’s shop of various antiques, twenty-five Yiddish folksongs that were sung in Goldfaden’s Yiddish theater), 88 pp., published by Moyshe-Mordkhe Tsukerman. Of the twenty-five songs and couplets, only a small portion were Goldfaden’s. When he came to the United States in 1889, he soon acquired a name in the theater world. He published the plays Shimshen hagiber (Samson the hero) and Kapitan drayfus (Captain Dreyfus), as well as numerous one-act plays; he also adapted plays and left behind an unproduced operetta Avigayl, di sheynhayt fun khevron (Abigail, the beauty of Hebron). He published a number of songs in Yidishe tageblat (Jewish daily newspaper) and other newspapers in New York. He also published articles in the summer issues of Yidisher kuryer (Jewish courier) in Chicago. A collection of his work appeared in New York: Naye komishe kulpetin un teater-lider (New comic ? and theater songs), “originally written by the artist A. Tantsman, published by Yankev Drukerman.” He died in New York.
Source: Z. Zilbertsvayg, Leksikon fun yidishn teater (Handbook of the Yiddish theater), vol. 2 (New York, 1934).