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 5-year-old son Levi.
Bailey Harper (Performer, Marketing Director) is a native of Shreveport, Louisiana, where she began her training with the Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet. She continued her education at the University of Alabama, graduated in 2009 with Honors and a B.A. in Dance and Kinesiology. After college, Bailey spent four seasons with the Montgomery Ballet. During that time she had numerous opportunities to be pushed technically and to cultivate her stage presence.
Since relocating to Colorado, Bailey has worked as a member of Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Hannah Kahn Dance Company, and Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet. Recently she has also begun producing her own work. Bailey began working with Control Group in 2017.
Irene Joyce (Performer), born and raised in Santa Fe, N.M., began her dancing career with the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet at age 17. She ultimately focused on contemporary dance forms as a member of Sweden’s Gothenburg Opera Ballet, where she danced works by Jiri Kylian, William Forsythe, Nacho Duato, and other seminal international choreographers. In recent years, her love of dance has manifested as a collaborative melting pot of performance art, including installations, poetry, film-making & singing. She began working with Control Group Productions in 2017.
Kristine Whittle lives, works and frolics in Denver. She studied dance at Arizona State University, and has danced with Ann Ludwig Dance Theatre, Barbara Grubel Dance, Aura Fischbeck Dance, KC Chun, and others.
Kristine currently dances with Tara Rynders and Kat Gurley/Wild Heart Dance. She also works as a Licensed Massage Therapist and Yoga Instructor, with focus on restorative and therapeutic practices. She teaches anatomy, restorative yoga, and other topics in 200-hour and 500-hour teacher trainings at Kindness Yoga, Samadhi Yoga, and The Freyja Project.
Kristine is a founding member of Control Group, and has performed in, co-directed, designed for, or consulted on every Control Group work to date. She and Patrick have also collaborated on the creation and cultivation of the most adorable human in the world: Levi, age 5.