Meet the artist: Tim Knickerbocker

Current Hometown: Minot

Where can we see your work?

Mouse River Players Community Theatre productions

Do you have work for sale?


In what media do you work?

Theater set design

How would you describe your style?

There isn’t a specific style to creating a set design. My art is to create the image and atmosphere evoked by needs of the script and the vision of the director of the play.

Who would you say have been influences on your work?

Several people have been influential to my work. Mr. Fred Cline, Martinsville High School English teacher and Backstage Club faculty sponsor introduced me to the importance a set has to establishing the time and place for a production and taught me the basics of set construction.

Alphonse Koenigsman taught me to “go-big-or-go-home”; that nothing is impossible if you put your mind to it.

Kevin Neuharth, a former professor at MSU, gave me the direction that clean lines and finesse matters and not to settle for mediocre work.

Finally Paula Lindekugle-Willis gave me an understanding of color, texture, and set layout and how the set can visually affect a production.

Are there particular themes you like to explore in your work?

No, it all depends on the needs of the script.

What do you most enjoy about the creative process?

Engineering a functioning set from the ideas placed on paper by a playwright.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I came to Minot with my family in 1999 via the Air Force. A few years later I started helping out backstage when my daughters became active in school productions. In addition to set building, I also have been an actor, a director, and a member of the MRP Board of Directors. Our family participation with Mouse River Players and MSU Summer Theatre productions was a key factor in our decision to remain in Minot when I retired in 2007. I currently continue to work with the Air Force in the Base Housing department.

Since 2003 I have designed and built 39 sets for Mouse River Players and assisted on many others. I hope to continue for many more seasons.