Dene is a fourth generation performer whose credits include landmark Australian productions as Malcolm Heslop in Muriel’s Wedding, Gavroche in the original cast of Les Miserables, Louis in the Tony winning revival of The King & I, and a critics award-winning performance in the television drama G.P.
The youngest child of Pamela and Warren Kermond, Dene is a dancer, tapper, acrobat, singer and physical comedian – and a graduate actor of Theatre Nepean, Western Sydney University. Throughout his youth and adult career he has received critical acclaim for his work in productions including Twelfth Night as Malvolio, The Distant Home, A Country Practice, Home & Away, and Police Rescue, as Barney in Summer of the Seventeenth Doll and alongside Max Cullen in Bartleby. Other career highlights include the lead roles in Richard III (Lakespeare & Co), Deviant Art, Sleeping Dogs Lie, and The Ice Season (Impulse Company London), PAN for MEAG and Jim Henson’s Workshop, All My Sons with the Sydney Theatre Company, and performing with John Goodman, Hayley Mills, Phillip Quast, Toni Collette, and Heath Ledger.
Dene directed and produced several short films and has directed dance on film for television commercials and corporate events. As a dancer he performed throughout Australia and Asia with Waiters On Tap, festival cabaret productions, as a commercial dancer for corporate entertainment, and more recently with the Kermond Boys and the Kermond Variety Show alongside his father and brother, Wayne Scott Kermond. Dene taught Jazz technique and choreographed for ten years at several tertiary institutes including WSU, UNSW, Wesley Institute and numerous dance schools on the east coast of Australia. He has written Jazz technique and dance film units for tertiary education institutes including those he taught for. In 2013, Dene received with his family the Life Education’s ‘Gold Harold Award’ for services to youth through the performing arts.
Dance is his first love and Dene is excited to support the inaugural Inspired Dance Film Festival Australia as a judge.