Founded in 2005 by George B.Miller and Kate Scuffle, Selkie is a dual-citizenship theatre, producing in both Ireland and the US. In the States, Selkie’s home is Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley.
Selkie produces provocative, topical and contemporary work from around the world; neglected classics, and site-specific, collaborative works that speak to the way we live now. The non-profit company is deeply committed to the development of new works and new artists.
Selkie recently moved into a new home and venue, called Anam Cara Farm after the work of Irish writer John O’Donohue. “Anam Cara” translates as “soul friend”, and Selkie offers Anam Cara as a soul friend and incubator to artists of all disciplines, as well as producing our own intimate, house concert-style performances here in the 1794 stone farmhouse and outside on its bucolic grounds. Artists in Unity dance/film troupe just completed a 2014 residency at the farm, and Selkie has offered programming ranging from a snowy Child’s Christmas in Wales to the Selkie Seisiuns playwriting lab.
While in Galway, Selkie established itself as a must-see company, producing new Irish works, teaching, and creating exciting community outreach programs from 2006-2009. Selkie's Galway debut was Liam Heffrons powerful, controversial The Tinker’s Blade at An Taibhdhearc. Other Irish productions include: Paula Vogel's Desdemona…A Play About a Handkerchief as part of Selkie's WomensWorks Project, and Maiden Voyages, a new play by Honour Molloy and Bronagh Murphy, directed by George Miller at Liberty Hall in Dublin. Selkie also worked closely with Galway’s ALa, an educational theatre troupe.
Galway successes include: Mark Twain On Tour!, and Pat Collins Goodwill at Bank of Ireland Theatre, NUIG/Galway Theatre Festival; Angela Ryan’s Til Kingdom Come, produced with Age Action Ireland, and Kerric Harvey’s candle-lit A Broken Moon at Midnight, created for, and performed on site at, historic St. Nicholas Collegiate Church. Artistic Director Miller directed Jasango Theatre's hit Bombshells by Joanna Murray-Smith’s, which toured Ireland and to Bethlehem, PA for the 2010 Celtic Classic festival. Miller also directed Jasango’s For Penguin’s Sake by Angela Ryan, starring Lisa Daly, for Galway Fringe Festival 2012, and Mac Wellman’s Terminal Hip starring Parrish Hurley for Selkie at Galway Fringe 2013.
American work includes: World Premiere of Peter Fallon's adaptation of Patrick Kavanagh's classic Tarry Flynn; community history in The Last Cast At Bethlehem Steel at Lehigh U, the Selkie Irish Mumming Troupe, and the co-production with Funkopolis of Pressing the Flesh for the Philly Fringe. In 2010, Selkie produced a sold-out concert-reading of Howard Zinn's Voices of a People’s History of the United States, followed up in 2012 with a sold-out co-production of Occupy Your Mind with NYC troupe The Civilians.
George B. Miller