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Lance Brockman papers

Identifier: PA125

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains two-dimensional designs, three-dimensional models, production records, oversize display panels, and source material. Production records include program, press clippings and reviews, scripts, and design research. Two-dimensional models include pencil sketches, watercolors, and ground plans and elevations. Source materials include Scenografia, a series of rare books with historic scenic designs by Carlo Ferrario, and movie slides from Sly Fox Studios, circa 1968. The collection is arranged according to material type; records related to a single production may be found in multiple series. A majority of the designs in the collection are from productions by Penumbra Theatre Company, the University of Minnesota Theatre Department and Centennial Showboat, and Meadow Brook Theatre. Several of the productions designed for Meadow Brook Theatre were written or directed by theater artist and educator Charles Nolte.


  • 1919-2013

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Restrictions on Access

The collection is open and available for use by researchers in the Andersen Library Reading Room.

Restrictions on Use

Copyright is retained by the copyright holder.

Biographical Note

C. Lance Brockman is a scenic designer, scholar, and university professor emeritus. Brockman began teaching in the University of Minnesota Department of Theatre Arts in the 1970s, specializing in scenic design and painting, drawing/rending, and technical production. During his teaching career he designed several productions for the university's theater department, and between 1994-2002 Brockman was intstrumental in reviving the Minnesota Centennial Showboat, a riverboat theater run by university staff and students.

Along with his work for the University of Minnesota, Brockman is an active member of the theater community at the local and national level. He has worked for several Minneapolis-Saint Paul theater companies, having frequently designed for Penumbra Theatre Company in Saint Paul. Brockman has also worked closely with the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT), serving on the Design Expo and Golden Pen Award committees. An avid advocate for the art of scenic design, Brockman has also played a pivotal role establishing several scenic design collections at the University of Minnesota Performing Arts Archives.


25 boxes (16 linear feet)


Collection contains three-dimensional models, two-dimensional designs, production records, and source materials of scenic designer Lance Brockman.


The collection is organized in the following series:
  1. 2-D Designs
  2. Models
  3. Oversize Display Panels
  4. Production Records
  5. Scenografia
  6. Sly Fox Films

Physical Location

High Bay

Additional Finding Aid

More detailed notes regarding materials in the collection are available. Please contact the Performing Arts Archives for details.


The collection was donated to the Performing Arts Archives by Lance Brockman in 2013.

Related Material

Related Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries include: Twin City Scenic Collection (PA043), Penumbra Theatre Company Records (GV002), and Park Square Theatre Records (PA128).

Processing Information

The collection was processed and the finding aid written by Kathryn Hujda, 2015, with generous support from Creative Heritage Initiative donors.
Lance Brockman Papers
Kathryn Hujda
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Collecting Area Details

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