10 Questions For Tom Pickett


Tom Pickett is one of Vancouver’s most beloved actors. The native of Berkeley, California is a multiple Jessie Award nominee and veteran of stage, screen and television. This week he opens Walt Whitman’s Secret, playing the iconic title role.

Tom was gracious enough to play “10 Questions” with us, while on break from donning the heavy beard that was the legendary poet’s trademark.

1. What made you want to be a theatre artist?
I began investigating acting as a way to augment my fledgling singing career which has fallen by the wayside. Acting has taken off and there are people in this town that don’t even know I sing.

2. How many plays have you acted in?
Not counting Walt, 40.

3. What are some favourite plays you’ve been in? 

Master Harold and The Boys, Troilus and Cressida and The Whipping Man.

4. Who are some of your favourite actors? 

Blu Mankuma, Jennifer Lines and Morgan Freeman; not necessarily in that order but you know.

5. What’s the best piece of theatre you’ve seen this year? 

Good People

6. What’s your favourite colour? 

Royal Blue

7. All-time favourite movie? 

The Learning Tree

8. Favourite non-theatre-related activity? 


9. Favourite drink? 

Rum and Coke, very bad for you if consumed every night.

10. What’s it like playing such an iconic figure as Walt Whitman? 

It is heavy; a rare and very much appreciated responsibility to bring forth Whitman’s love story with dignity and honesty without any cliche or lie.