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Tim Behrens comes from an acting family. His dad, Frank Behrens, was a talented radio and TV actor, well known for his voices. He could imitate anybody! Frank also wrote material for several comedians, including Tony Randall and Don Knotts, for many years.

Tim’s mom was a working actress for 60 years! Her stage name was Amzie Strickland. Amzie guest-starred on more than 600 TV shows, everything from I Love Lucy to the Andy Griffith Show (Miss Rosemary plus 3 other appearances) to ER.
Indeed, her resume reads like a history of television. Growing up in a household of two actors, Tim avoided acting like the plague...until some moment of deranged alchemy got him on stage for the first time at age 32. Then he actually studied acting with a series of great teachers.

Tim and Pat celebrated 24 years of touring the
McManus Comedies in October of 2016!

Professional Actor performing and touring all five of the Pat McManus Comedies throughout a 23 state and two-province region. Founded and partner, along with his wife, Leslie Ann Grove, of Penguin Productions, a partnership that tours the McManus shows and presents other entertainment events as well. The Comedies are one-man shows written by Patrick F. McManus, one of the most popular humorists in this country, having sold more than 5 million copies of his 24 books. Tim plays 35 characters in these shows and people laugh so much it often hurts his ears! To date audiences total more than 450,000 pretty happy folk in 1,600 public and 200 private/corporate shows so far.

Business Manager, Marketing Director, performer and writer during three summers for the Rockin’ B Ranch on the WA/ID border. Tim helped the Cowboy Supper Shows expand their base and increase audiences by up to 50 percent over previous years.

Founder, Artistic Director and Managing Director of CenterStage Dinner Theatre and Ella’s Supper Club (a Jazz Club), Spokane, WA. Tim’s wife, Leslie Ann Grove, and Tim established and managed CenterStage and Ella’s as a 501c.3 nonprofit corporation. Tim wrote the annual $1 million budgets, directed many of the shows, supervised most of the staff and wrote and directed grant applications and other fundraising projects.

Director of Library Sales, and Reader of Audiobooks, Books in Motion, Spokane, WA. Tim won numerous awards including best audio book of 1990 for his reading of Huckleberry Finn, awarded by both the Library Journal and the National Librarians’ Association.

Managing Artistic Director, Centre Theatre Group (CTG), a non-profit theatre company, Spokane, WA. Innovative theatre programming in a dinner-theatre environment. In addition to directing and managing the business of the company, Tim taught numerous classes and workshops in acting, stagecraft and playwriting for youth aged 12 to 20.

Finished BA at Eastern Washington University. Studied acting with Professor Gene Engene. Worked on Master of Fine Arts, Eastern WA University, Creative Writing. Also co-founder and editor of the Spokane Art Paper which lasted 14 months. Taught both creative writing and journalism as an MFA candidate to undergrads at EWU. Tim still has 10 graduate credits to go before he receives his MFA, but he’s not in a hurry!

Feature Writer and Arts Reviewer, the Spokane Chronicle and the Spokane Spokesman Review, Spokane, WA. Winner of numerous journalism awards from the Inland Northwest Society of Professional journalists. Winner of the 1983/84 first place award for Features writing by Chapter 10 (AK, WA, OR, ID, MT) of the Society of Professional Journalists for a series entitled “Portraits of the Palouse.” Was the art critic for the Spokesman for two years, and the music critic for the Chronicle, and then occasionally the Spokesman, for two years.
For two years, was the assistant to Albert Salmi, professional actor. When he moved to Spokane from Hollywood in 1983, Albert first taught at the Spokane Civic Theatre and then at Gonzaga University. Tim was his assistant and master student during that time.

Economic Development Specialist, Washington Energy and Employment Resources, Spokane, headquartered in Spokane, WA, and serving all of Eastern Washington. This was a nonprofit organization founded to carry out and manage a huge National Demonstration Grant (developed by Senator Warren Magnuson) in the fields of alternative energy, youth employment and community service.

Social work for two large nonprofit social service organizations in Oakland, CA. Originally Project Director for PAE (Projects to Assist Employment) and then Administrative Director, at OCCUR (Oakland Citizens Committee on Urban Renewal). This was a unique introduction for the world of nonprofit corporate management. At one time, for more than 2 years, Tim managed 11 separate projects with a total of 300 employees. During this time he wrote and co-crafted grants (government, corporate and private foundation) that were funded for more than $6 million.

University of California, Berkeley, studies in English and Mathematics (Finished BA Degree At EWU in 1994)

Student, translator, research specialist in Paris, France.
Attended and received Certificat d’Etudes (2 years) from Alliance Francaise, and an additional Certificat d’Etudes from the University of Paris, at the Sorbonne. After language training, Tim worked as a bilingual secretary for the Department of Plant Physiology at the Sorbonne for two years.
Also, from 1966 to 1967, Tim studied and became proficient in the music of the Dumbek, the Arabic hand drum, in Tangier, Morocco.


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