Control Group is a platform for live arts research, development, distribution, and advocacy.
Driven by the belief that art is integral to a healthy society, and guided by values of bold innovation in artistic excellence, we advance the Front Range community and the global culture by creating original works, supporting other artists’ work, and engaging the public with powerful, immersive aesthetic experiences, dialogs, and education. We pursue innovations in aesthetics, process, structure, and presentation mode, crafting each work as a singular experience defined by the needs of its content and purpose.
Control Group is directed by Patrick Mueller with assistant direction by Kristine Whittle. Other current company members are Todd Bilsborough and Taylor Semin.
Patrick Mueller is a performance artist and arts activist based in Lakewood, CO. He creates movement-centered intermedia performance works driven by sprawling concepts distilled into spiraling constellations of finely crafted moments. He cultivates 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 his own work to the Denver culture.
Patrick grew up in Colorado and attended Pomona College (Claremont, CA), where he designed an individualized major in Performance Art. He 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. 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).
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- ), where he has presented over 100 local and touring events and created the bulk of Control Group's work to date. He teaches and directs several programs at Colorado Conservatory of Dance, a premiere youth school in the Denver area, and has taught technique and theory at Naropa University, Red Rocks Community College, and several local studios and festivals. He's married to Kristine Whittle, and we are the happily enthralled parents of 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, has danced in the companies of Ann Ludwig Dance Theatre, BarbaraGrubel Dance, and Aura Fischbeck Dance, and is a founding member of Control Group. She works as a Licensed Massage Therapist and Anusara-Inspired Yoga Instructor and is the House Manager and Director of Education and Scheduling at the Packing House Center for the Arts.
Born and raised in Littleton, CO, Taylor Semin grew up around Denver, never really knowing all that it had to offer. This changed when she came back home upon graduating from Texas Christian University in May 2013 and discovered Control Group Productions. Taylor is humbled and grateful to be a part of this collaborative and passionate community. She lives with thanks to the endless support of those who believe in dreams - namely her family, friends, and mentors.
Todd Bilsborough is the incarnation of the god-king Samsu-iluna, the seventh ruler of Babylon. He rebuilt the walls of Kish and repelled the invasion of the Kassites, and was called back to the world after 3700 years of purgatory by the advent of lolcats.
Todd Bilsborough did not choose the thug life. The thug life chose him.
Todd Bilsborough is a composer, improvising musician, performing artist, and contemplative noisemaker. He studied music at Naropa University and currently works with Control Group Productions, Hamster Theatre, and other local outfits.