photo by RJ Hooker

Patrick Mueller (Artistic Director) grew up in Colorado and studied dance and performance art at Pomona College (Claremont, CA). He spent a year as a Graduate Fellow at Ohio State University, and holds an MFA in Dance from Hollins University & American Dance Festival. Patrick served as a member of various dance companies in New York and Europe, including Ben J. Riepe Kompanie (DE), Mancopy Danse (DK), and Troika Ranch Dance-Theatre (NY). He has also performed in projects by Paige Martin, Mark Jarecke, Kim Olson, and Wild Heart Dance. In 2016 he originated a role in Sweet & Lucky, DCPA Off-Center's immersive opus by Third Rail Projects (NY).

As artistic director of Control Group, Patrick guides the conceptual and artistic development of company projects. He directs all major works, and regularly performs and designs lights and physical environments. His work stands at the forefront of Denver's contemporary performance scene, driving innovation and supporting a revolving team of extraordinary collaborating artists. Patrick's commitment to collaboration has yielded presenting partnerships with the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, The Biennial of the Americas, Redline gallery, Denver Theatre District, the Denver Office of Arts & Venues, Dance Initiative Carbondale, Naropa University, and others. Patrick has created commissioned works for Open Dance Project (Houston, TX) and Dance Initiative (Carbondale, CO). He recently served as choreographer for DCPA Off-Center's immersive production of the musical The Wild Party.

As lead curator of two Control Group-founded venues, Patrick has presented over one hundred events featuring leading voices in the local dance and theatre scene, and select national and international touring artists. Through Control Group's artist residencies and co-producing activities he has helped birth several new local companies. He works regularly as a collaborator in other local artists, creating lighting designs and physical installations. Patrick has taught dance technique and theory at Naropa University; Red Rocks Community College, where he helped establish an Associates Degree in Dance; the Joffrey Ballet School Summer Intensive; Colorado Conservatory of Dance; Excel Summer Program at Williams and Amherst Colleges; and at various other studios, schools, and festivals. He lives in Lakewood, CO with his wife Kristine and their hilarious, adorable 7-year-old son Levi. Full CV here