KERMIT CHRISTMAN

DEL TENNEY

MARGOT TENNEY

 

BIOS

Kermit Christman is the founder and Artistic Producing Director of the Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival, Inc. He is also a founding partner of JK Productions, a New York based company.

In 1967, Mr. Christman received an athletic scholarship to the University of Florida. After his stay, he realized his true desire was to be involved in theatre and film. Subsequently, he returned to Los Angeles where he began his training at the prestigious Orange Coast Theatre, where he met actors William Katt (ABC's Greatest American Hero, Bob Fosse's Pippin, Stephen King's Carrie), and Tony award winner Joseph Hardy (Child's Play) who became lifelong friends and fellow artists. While appearing at the University of California, Fullerton guest artist theatre program, he met film, TV, and stage actor Monte Markham, and co-starred with him in Hamlet and Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead, as well as portraying science fiction great Ray Bradbury in Mr. Bradbury's Dandelion Wine. Again, these friendships would flourish professionally.

With encouragement, in the early '70s, Mr. Christman left for England and trained as an actor with members of the Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre of Great Britain, including Brian Murray (again, a lifelong friend), Robert Stephens and Maggie Smith.

He has appeared with three Tony award winning companies (South Coast Repertory, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Mark Taper Forum) and has worked with internationally acclaimed directors Peter Wood (RSC), Joseph Hardy, and Howard Sackler (Pulitzer Prize for The Great White Hope); performing with such notable actors as Chariton Heston and Vanessa Redgrave in Macbeth (Abmanson Theatre, Los Angeles), Richard Chamberlain and an all-star cast, including Victor Garber, Joan Van Arc and Werner Kiemperer in Cyrano De Bergerac (Abmanson Theatre), Eileen Atkins in The Duchess Of Malfi (Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles), and Ed Harris in Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles. Mr. Christman performed at the prestigious Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Henry IV Part II And Troilus and Cressida, both with Powers Boothe and Byron Jennings. As director and actor, Mr. Christman joined Shakespeare In The Park, Dallas-Fort Worth, in Hamlet, King Lear, and Twelfth Night. Mr. Christman's first play as playwright, Dinner and Drinks, opened at the Tiffany Theatre (Sunset Strip, Los Angeles) starring William Katt and Monte Markham in 1985. His film credits include co-writing with William Katt, Mystery Walk, based on Robert McCammon's successful novel. From 1985-87, he was partner with director Renny Harlin (Die Hard II, Cliffhanger) on several studio developmental projects.

His own film projects, The First And The Last (for Anthony Hopkins) and Money were optioned by Century Productions / ITV. He produced in Florida the low budget independent cult thriller, Wicked Games, and his script, Bladeboxer, co-written with William Katt, completed filming in Los Angeles for Glider Entertainment.

In 1989, Mr. Christman established a residence in Florida to produce his play, Dinner and Drinks, with a grant from the Town of Jupiter. He went on to produce and direct two seasons of classics for The Chamber Theatre of the Palm Beaches, including William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night; he created and performed his one-man show, Acting Shakespeare, for Palm Beach and Martin County schools under the auspices of Young Audiences, Inc. and Mobil Land Development, Inc.; and appeared in every major cultural institution in Palm Beach County as lecturer, actor, director and/or producer.

In January 1990, Mr. Christman, with partner Jacqueline Anne Siegel, co-founded the Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival, and with Burt Reynolds as Honorary Chairman, premiered Macbeth at the Duncan Theatre, Lake Worth. With co-sponsorship from the Town of Jupiter and Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation, he went on to produce the first annual Shakespeare by the Sea, an Elizabethan Festival and Play-In-The-Park, Carlin Park, Jupiter, directing Twelfth Night, which attracted over 10,000 people in one weekend.

To critical acclaim, Mr. Christman has continued to produce and direct both classical and contemporary work under the banner of the Shakespeare Festival, including, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Richard III, As You Like It, Romeo And Juliet, and the Florida premiere of Ray Bradbury's Dandelion Wine with music by Grammy winner Jimmy Webb.

In Florida, he spent three seasons (1991-94) as host and co-producer of Centerstage, an interview/magazine format series for Palm Beach County T.V. 20. He was a founding Board member of BookFest of the Palm Beaches, 1990-1995, and produced their feature theatrical events, notably, William Katt starring in Edward Albee's Zoo Story (which later toured to the Tamarind Theatre, Los Angeles). With writing partner, Robert J. Litz, he wrote and directed an original drama on the life of Edgar Allan Poe, Edgar, which premiered at BookFest '94.
In 1996, he produced and directed an avant-gard dance-theatre piece concerning Florida history, The Vanished People, premiering at the new Eissey Theatre, Palm Beach Community College. He also presented the newly discovered Shakespeare play, Cardenio, off-Broadway, in New York. He also directed Shakespeare's comedy, Twelfth Night, with the Shakespeare Festival to open the Carlin Park Amphitheatre, Jupiter, a new cultural venue that he helped spearhead with the Palm Beach County Commission.

For the last several years, he has been managing partner of Del Mar Productions, producing, writing and directing three films, The Clean And Narrow, for HBO, Do You Wanna Know A Secret, for Blockbuster, and the newly released Descendant.

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Del Tenney, partner in Del Mar Productions, has had a distinguished career as a writer, director, producer, and actor. He has been active in theatre, TV, and motion pictures for over four decades. He has been involved with over two hundred stage productions on and off Broadway, on the road, in regional theatre and summer and winter stock. Mr. Tenney won an Obie Award for producing and acting in The Prodigal. He and his wife, Margot, were awarded the Drama Desk Award for "outstanding contribution to the American Theatre" for the premeire season of the Hartman Regional Theatre in Stamford. CT.

Mr. Tenney was the producer of A Poppy Is A Flower which won an Emmy Award. The series starred such actors as Grace Kelly, Yul Brunner, Peter Sellers, Melvin Douglas, Allen Bates, Dianne Cilento, Steve Lawrence and many others. Mr. Tenney is best known for making a series of low budget cult horror films during the 1960's and 70's which include such titles as The Horror of Party Beach, The Curse of The Living Dead, Psychomania, and Zombie.

Mr. Tenney directed the National Tour of PBS' Chili Queen by Jim Leherer. For the stage, he has also directed Romeo and Juliet, Woman In Black, 900 Oneonta, and a highly successful production of Dangerous Corner.

Mr. Tenney produced the film titled The Clean and Narrow which was well received at the International Film Festival in Palm Springs, and licensed by HBO. He was the executive producer of the suspense thriller entitled Do You Want to Know A Secret which was featured in the Palm Beach International Film Festival. Blockbuster has retained the domestic rights for major distribution. Most recently, Mr. Tenney produced a feature film based on Edgar Allan Poe entitled Descendant. DelMar is presently developing several film projects.

In April 2004 Del was honored by The Werepad film studio in San Francisco for his cult horror films of the 60's, and was named Business Man of the Year in Connecticut for 2003 and the Ronald Reagan Republican Gold Medal Winner from Connecticut for 2004.

Mr. Tenney will be directing his adaptation of A Christmas Carol at the Kravis Center in
West Palm Beach, Florida, during the 2004 Christmas season. It will also be presented at the new White Plains Theatre in White Plains, New York.

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Margot Hartman Tenney is an actress and writer. After twenty years performing in films, on national television, on Broadway and in regional theatres, Mrs. Tenney founded the Hartman Theatre in Stamford, Connecticut. At the Hartman, she functioned as Associate Artistc Director, actress and dramaturge. She appeared in The Little Foxes playing Regina and in such plays as Tartuffe and Absurd Person Singular. In addition, she has written two novels: Surviving the Love of Charming Men and Dark Deeds, Sweet Songs.

In the 60's Mrs. Tenney co-produced and acted in low-budget movies distributed by Twentieth Century Fox. Titles include Curse of the Living Corpse and Psvchomania. Her feature roles have been in two independent films The Clean and Narrow and Descendant.

Recently, Mrs. Tenney toured and starred in the national production of Chili Queen. She has had featured rolls in 900 Oneonta and Dangerous Corner by J. B. Priestly.

She was selected by the Untied Nations as one of the Outstanding Connecticut Women in 1987 for her lifetime contribution in theatre development.