Kate Scuffle

Program Host

An actress, producer, writer and educator, Kate is the Managing Director of Selkie Theatre, and was the founding Executive Director of the award-winning Theatre Outlet. At The Outlet she produced several innovative performance series featuring new drama, music, dance and spoken word, as well as the Outlet’s Educational Outreach programs.

With Selkie, she produced new works in the USA including poet Peter Fallons’ adaptation of Tarry Flynn and community-created The Last Cast At Bethlehem Steel, as well as a string of successful premieres in Galway, Ireland (Broken Moon At Midnight, Til Kingdom Come, Goodwill, etc). Following on the success of Selkie’s own “Electric Cow: The Greenplay Festival” at Ilick’s Mill in Bethlehem (2011), she was delighted to travel to Co. Offaly, Ireland as a Guest Artist for “Bo Leitreach: The Greenplay Festival”, where she taught theatre workshops and directed several new Irish green-plays. 

As an actress, Kate has contributed to the development of new plays with her performances at Manhattan Theatre Source, Primary Stages, American Place Theatre, Working Theatre, and  New Dramatists, in New York City; as well as at Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, PA Stage Co, and Theatre Outlet  Recent performances include Selkie’s hit production of Howard Zinn’s Voices of a People’s History of the United States, the Selkie Seisiuns showcase of Brandon Lay’s Panther Piss, and a happy turn as an Irish mummer in the Selkie Strawboys Irish mumming troupe at Celtic Classic and other area festivals.. 

Kate and Selkie were fortunate to be resident in Ireland from 2006-09, where she taught theatre for ALâ Community Arts, Clann Oughterard, Uachtar Arts, and the Brothers of Charity.  She also served as Editor of the monthly Oughterard Magazine, a popular regional tourism/local news publication.

Some of her more recent writing can be seen in the series of “INside Allentown” Guides published by the LV Chamber of Commerce.  Kate is proud to serve on the Education Committee of the Celtic Cultural Alliance, and is looking forward to taking Selkie’s latest production, Mac Wellman’s “Terminal Hip”, to the Galway Fringe Festival after a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund the production. She and husband George Miller can be heard every other week on WDIY 88.1 Allentown radio as hosts of the “Lehigh Valley Arts Salon”.

Missy Hartney stands in front of a mural on Bethlehem's SouthSide.
Courtesy Photo

Kate Scuffle welcomes Missy Hartney, Main Street Manager of Bethlehem's SouthSide Arts District, to talk about the SouthSide's new Urban Arts Trail, the April 2nd First Friday Urban Arts Trail celebration and ribbon-cutting, as well as the new projects and programs in the area.

Host Kate Scuffle is joined by Zoellner Arts Center Executive Director Mark Wilson to talk about "On Stage at Home," Zoellner's first-ever virtual spring season.

Allentown Art Museum

Kate Scuffle welcomes back Elaine Mehalakes from the Allentown Art Museum and Dr. Arthur Wheelock, former Curator at the National Gallery of Art, to talk about the return of the Rembrandt painting Portrait of a Young Woman to the Allentown Art Museum.

Host Kate Scuffle welcomes Bill Mutimer, Artistic Director and head of the Northampton Community College Theatre Department, to talk about directing the upcoming production of the musical Fame at Cedar Crest College, the challenges of producing theater arts during a pandemic, and the resilience of the arts during and after COVID-19.

Kate Scuffle invites fellow host, Prathysha Kothare from WDIY's TEEN Connect, to talk about her new book "Crooked," a collection of short stories and poems.

Nancy Swolensky

Kate Scuffle looks at how Bethlehem is continuing its tradition as the Christmas City during the holidays despite the pandemic. Guest Carly Cheponis, Marketing Coordinator with Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites, discusses the safety-minded mix of beloved traditions and new innovations being employed this year.