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Tuesday, April 16, 2024

20 questions with Camilla Tibbs

Meet Camilla Tibbs, the new General Manager at Gateway Theatre.

Meet Camilla Tibbs

Camilla grew up partly in the UK and partly in Vancouver, switching countries at fairly regular intervals until recently. Her arts management experience includes working as the Executive Director of the Vancouver Writers Fest, the General Manager of Touchstone Theatre and Co-Producer of the PuSh Festival, plus positions in the marketing and fundraising departments of the Arts Club Theatre Company, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Vancouver Chamber Choir. She is the former President of the Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards Society and Vice President of the Touchstone Theatre board. She currently serves on the Women’s Leadership Circle Advisory at the Vancouver Board of Trade.

20 Questions with Camilla Tibbs

1. Your first job.

Stacking shelves at The Body Shop.

2. The job you always wanted as a child.

Producing theatre (maybe as a teen).

3. Your pet peeve.

People confusing “less” and “fewer”.

4. Your hero.

Varies; I’m not an across-the-board hero worshipper.

5. Your biggest indulgence.

Horse-back riding.

6. One thing no one knows about you.

That would defeat the purpose.

7. Three things you would want with you on a deserted island.

Husband, BFF, sister.

8. The one word your best friend would use to describe you.


9. If you were not a performer what would you be doing right now?

Fortunately for the general public, I’m not, nor have I ever been, a performer..

10. Hero or villain.


11. Your life’s motto/mantra.

“We need a plan”.

12. Your favourite playwright.

There are too many fabulous ones to play favourites.

13. The last book you read.

“H is for Hawk” by Helen MacDonald interspersed with “Counting New Beans”.

14. If you were a cartoon character what cartoon character would you be, and why?

Lisa Simpson.

15. What will it say on your grave marker?

She got things done.

16. Who would you most like to have dinner with?

This week: my (deceased) grandmother who was not allowed to be an actress because it wasn’t a respectable job for a young lady and who would be thrilled about my new job.

17. Your idea of happiness.

A quiet glass of red wine at the end of a long day. Or a glass of champagne at the start of a long night!

18. If you could go back in time, what would you tell your twenty year old self?

The nice English chap takes a while to show up, but he’s worth the wait!

19. The one thing in your life that makes you most proud.

The fact that I’m doing what I set out to do.

20. To be or not to be?

Does anyone say “not to be”?!

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