Control Group Productions is a creative platform for live arts research, development, distribution, and advocacy. Founded in 2008 under the direction of Patrick Mueller, Control Group pursues deep inquiry and dynamic innovation in the creation of unique live performance events. A live arts presenter as well as a creative organization, Control Group has supported dozens of works by several hundred artists, including hosting several international tours and hosting the formation of multiple local dance companies.
Control Group's works have been co-presented by Denver Theatre District, Denver Arts & Venues, the Biennial of the Americas, Dance Initiative Carbondale, and other local arts presenters. Control Group is a long-term Artist in Residence at Colorado Conservatory of Dance, where its co-administers an Artist Services program that offers residencies and training to local dance artists.
Patrick Mueller (artistic director) grew up in Colorado and attended Pomona College (Claremont, CA), where he designed an individualized major in Performance Art. He later earned his MFA in dance from Hollins University and ADF, working closely with Tommy DeFrantz, John Jasperse, and Elizabeth Zimmer.
From 2002 to 2005 Patrick danced in New York with Troika Ranch Dance Theatre, Mark Jarecke, Julia Mandle, Paige Martin, and others. He then worked for several years in Europe with Ben J. Riepe Kompanie (Germany) and Mancopy Danse Kompagni (Denmark). In Colorado, he has worked with Kim Olson / sweet edge dance and recently was a collaborating cast member on the immersive theatre work Sweet & Lucky by Brooklyn-based immersive theatre company Third Rail Projects, commissioned by DCPA Off-Center.
Patrick returned to Colorado in 2008 and has committed himself to advancing a culture of innovation and artistic excellence in Denver’s burgeoning arts scene. He founded Control Group Productions in 2008 as a collaborative platform for artistic innovation and exploration in live performance. He has founded two performance centers, The Packing House Center for the Arts (2008-10) and work|space Denver (2011-15), where he has presented over 100 local and touring events and created the bulk of Control Group's work to date.
Patrick has taught technique and theory at Naropa University, Red Rocks Community College, and several local studios and festivals, including the Joffrey Summer Intensive in Denver in 2016. He's married to Kristine Whittle, and they are the happily enthralled parents of turbo-toddler Levi Volentine Mueller.
Kristine Whittle lives, works and merrily frolics in Denver, the town she has decided to call home after many adventures across the U.S. She holds a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from Arizona State University, and has danced in the companies of Ann Ludwig Dance Theatre, Barbara Grubel Dance, and Aura Fischbeck Dance. Kristine is a founding member of Control Group, and also works as a Licensed Massage Therapist and Anusara-Inspired Yoga Instructor.
Todd Bilsborough, born in Denver, studied music at Naropa University and has been playing and performing in various styles and on various instruments for over two decades. He has been performing with Control Group since 2011. His own work draws both from the contrapuntal style of Bach and the aleatoric music of John Cage, and focuses on integrating improvisational elements with orthodox concert music. He regularly performs on electric bass with the acclaimed avant-garde music ensemble Hamster Theatre, and his improvisational percussion work can be heard on Janet Feder's album T H I S C L O S E.