Hope Mohr is a choreographer, curator, and writer. She trained at S.F. Ballet School, studied theater at Yale, and earned her BA at Stanford, where she wrote her honors thesis on the women’s movement in Nicaragua. After working as an Americorps Team Leader in South Central LA, Mohr moved to NYC to train on scholarship at the Merce Cunningham and Trisha Brown Studios. She performed in the companies of dance pioneers Lucinda Childs and Trisha Brown.
Passionate about pursuing both community organizing and dance, Mohr earned a JD from Columbia Law School, where she was a Columbia Human Rights Fellow. In 2007, Mohr returned to San Francisco to establish Hope Mohr Dance to create, present, and foster outstanding art at the intersection of critical thinking and the body. Mohr has held residencies at Stanford Arts Institute, ODC Theater, Montalvo Arts Center, and the Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Art, Nature and Dance. She was named to the YBCA 100 in 2015 and was a 2016 Fellow at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She recently held open rehearsals at SFMOMA as part of painter Liam Everett’s 2017 SECA Award exhibit.
HMD’s signature curatorial platform the Bridge Project approaches curating as community organizing to convene cultural conversations that cross discipline, geography, and perspective. Mohr’s work organizing programs to support other artists “goes beyond [her] work as choreographer and artistic director to lead processes often executed by performing arts presenters and venues” (ODC Theater Director Julie Potter). In 2014, Dance Magazine editor-in-chief Wendy Perron named Mohr as one of the “women leaders” in the dance field. HMD is currently a company in residence at ODC Theater. 2017 was the 10th anniversary of Hope Mohr Dance.