Who is CONTROL GROUP?
Control Group Productions is a malleable platform for live arts research, development, distribution, and advocacy. Under the direction of Patrick Mueller, we pursue deep inquiry and dynamic innovation in the creation of compelling, immersive live performance events.
Control Group’s works have been presented in partnership with MCA Denver, Denver Theatre District, Denver Office of Arts & Venues, the Biennial of the Americas, RedLine, and other local arts presenters. Additionally, we’ve received project support from the SCFD, Colorado Creative Industries and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Denver Foundation, the Broomfield Community Foundation, several family funds, and many individual donors.
Patrick Mueller (Artistic Director) is a dance and performance artist from Lakewood, CO. He studied dance at Pomona College (Claremont, CA), and later earned an MFA in Dance from Hollins University (Roanoke, VA) and American Dance Festival. He performed in New York with Troika Ranch Dance Theatre, Mark Jarecke Dance, and others, and in Europe as a member of Ben J. Riepe Kompanie (DE) and Mancopy Danse Kompagni (DK).
Since founding Control Group Productions in 2008 he has created 20+ full-evening works. He has also choreographed new commissioned works for Open Dance Project (Houston, TX) and the Dance Initiative (Carbondale, CO), as well as several local studio companies. In 2016 he was a collaborating cast member of the DCPA Off-Center production Sweet & Lucky by Brooklyn-based Third Rail Projects. In 2017 he served as Choreographer for DCPA Off-Center’s immersive production of the musical The Wild Party. Patrick has taught dance technique and theory at Naropa University, Red Rocks Community College, and Colorado Conservatory of Dance. He has presented the works of several hundred local and touring artists and venues that he founded and directed as part of Control Group’s activities, and he continues to work with local companies on lighting, set, video design, and other production needs. Patrick and his wife Kristine live in Lakewood with their hilarious 6-year-old son Levi.
Nicholas Caputo (Associate Director | Composer) is a musician, performance artist and artist-in-residence at Invisible City in Denver, Colorado. Nicholas began performing in bands and releasing records in high school and has since built firm foundations in DIY music and street performing. He has toured extensively, most recently performing in the Florida Folk Festival for three years running with his bands byPassers and Wax Wings; guest performing with the University of Florida orchestra; and going on a 6-week street performance tour of Europe with Planina: Song of Eastern Europe during which he studied Bulgarian pastoral traditions. After moving from Florida to Colorado in 2017, Caputo began collaborating with Control Group as Associate Director, Composer, Sound Designer, Assistant Script Writer, and Photographer.
Bailey Harper (Associate Director | Marketing Director) has been a dancer, teacher, performer, and collaborator for over ten years. She holds a BA in Dance and Kinesiology from the University of Alabama and has worked with Montgomery Ballet, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Company, Hannah Kahn Dance Company, Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet, Breaking Barriers, and companies in Europe and Israel. For Control Group, she has performed in Solace (2018), Watching Night Falling (2018), Aggregate Immateriality (2019), and Cutting Room Floor (2019), and works behind the scenes as Marketing Director and Associate Director. Concurrently, Harper is collaborating with multi-instrumentalist Nicholas Caputo under the header Other Rooms, with projects range from building performance art installations and creating immersive art activations in party settings to busking with an accordionist.
More information can be found at controlgroupproductions.org