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
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
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
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.
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,
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
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.