Bio: Patrick Mueller

I am a performance artist and arts activist based in Denver, CO.

I create movement-centered intermedia performance works driven by sprawling concepts distilled into spiraling constellations of finely crafted moments. I cultivate the local arts community by curating other artists’ work, administering artist service programs, teaching contemporary movement approaches, advocating with local governmental and funding organizations, and contributing my own work to the Denver culture.

I founded and direct Control Group Productions, a collaborative platform for artistic innovation and exploration in live performance. I teach and direct several programs at Colorado Conservatory of Dance, a premiere youth school in the Denver area, and have taught technique and theory at Naropa University, Red Rocks Community College, and several local studios and festivals. I am married to Kristine Whittle, and we are the happily enthralled parents of Levi Volentine Mueller (10 months).

I grew up in Colorado and attended Pomona College (Claremont, CA), where I designed an individualized major in Performance Art. I spent a year on a Graduate Fellowship at Ohio State University, spending time in the Theatre, Sculpture, and German departments before taking a leave to pursue work in Europe. I later earned my MFA in dance from Hollins University and ADF, working closely with Tommy DeFrantz, John Jasperse, and Elizabeth Zimmer.

From 2002 to 2005 I danced in New York with Troika Ranch Dance Theatre, Mark Jarecke, Julia Mandle, Paige Martin, and others. I then worked for several years in Europe with Ben J. Riepe Kompanie (Germany) and Mancopy Danse Kompagni (Denmark).

I returned to Colorado in 2008 and have committed myself to advancing a culture of innovation and artistic excellence in Denver’s burgeoning arts scene. As the director of Control Group Productions I’ve created 9 major performance works and one film project, and have founded two performance centers, The Packing House Center for the Arts (2008-10) and work|space Denver (2011- ).

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