40 Questions with Ann-Bernice

Date posted: June 14, 2018

Over the summer we’ve asked our staff to participate in 40 Questions – a questionnaire we ask the actors of each production to fill in. We thought you would like to get to know the different people who work here.

This time it’s Ann-Bernice Thomas, our Front of House Supervisor / Box Office Clerk.


Where were you born?
London, England on my Nana’s bed in my old house.
What did / do your parents do?
My father builds system software and is a computer consultant. My mother has been a social worker and nurse
two older brothers
Where do you live now?
Victoria, BC
Do you speak a second language? What?
a little bit of french, though i lose more and more the longer i stay on the west coast.
Favourite colour?
gold, red, purple, black
Favourite book?
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness & The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Favourite movie?
i can’t decide
Favourite piece of clothing?
My white Nike Air Force One’s
Favourite Quote?
Curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brought it back
Favourite food?
Jamaican Oxtail – it sucks that I’m a vegetarian now
Favourite dish to make?
Peanut Butter Stew
Favourite word?
serendipity & and
Favourite piece of music?
Telefone by Noname
Favourite character (real or fictional)?
Zuko, from Avatar the Last Airbender
Dream car?
a high end Audi
Current car?
my legs
What do you do after a show?
I don’t have a post-show regime yet, people keep asking me. I just sit outside and think.
What do you do in your downtime?
More art. puzzles.
First paid acting gig?
2014, a Theatre of the Oppressed show by the ICA, where we worked with the police department to open conversations on police relations with the immigrant community.
First acting gig?
i must have been 4 or 5 and I played the Virgin Mary in the school’s nativity play.
Your most terrifying backstage incident?
don’t have one
Your most terrifying onstage incident?
also don’t have one
How many miles do you log a year?
not enough
Strangest job you’ve ever had?
I was a door to door aeration sales person, “for just $50 i can poke holes in your lawn!”
If I wasn’t an actor (designer / director / playwright) I would be?
a wedding planner
Best advice someone has given you?
“if you say you know, but you do not do, then you do not know.”

“everyday you wake up, and your day is an empty book. You get to write how your day goes, it’s completely up to you.”

“The only thing you can control in life is how you react to things.”

Best meal ever?
The vegetarian ramen from the veggie ramen restaurant in Tokyo Station
Best show you’ve seen?
Onegin, What a Young Wife Ought to Know & Anything Goes
Best concert you’ve attended?
Kendrick Lamar, Good Kid M.A.A.D City
Most inspiring person you know?
Nasra Adem
Pet Peeve(s)?
hearing people chew
talking through movies in the theatre
food in the sink
dirty toilet seats
Five people (real or fictional / dead or alive) that you would invite to a dinner party? Why?
Tyra Banks – she taught me so much

Serena Williams – i honestly just want to know what she has to say

Justin Simien – he writes and directs dear white people

Michaela Coel – I need more loud black women in my life

Michelle & Barack Obama – do i need to explain?

Celebrity Crush?
Michael B Jordan
What are you most proud of?
the work i have done to better myself
The quality you most like in a man?
emotional intelligence, compassion, and wanting to do better and be better
The quality you most like in a woman?
being able to respect boundaries, disobedience, a great sense of humour
Your greatest fear?
failure. being at the end of my life, looking around, and being unhappy
When do you lie?
when i don’t want to deal with the consequences of the truth, don’t feel like fighting, am trying to buy more time to fix the problem, when i don’t even know it
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
i have enough money to pay rent, do my art, pay my artists, and make a difference in this world. i am loving and loved, and growing and evolving and surrounded by people who make me better. i am free to travel, to experience, to grow and learn and make mistakes in a safe space.