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San Francisco, CA

Hope Mohr is a white, queer choreographer, curator, writer, and attorney based in the San Francisco Bar Area on the ancestral lands of the Ramaytush Ohlone people. She co-directs The Bridge Project with Cherie Hill and Karla Quintero. In 2007, she founded HMD to create and support embodied art and social change. In 2010, she founded HMD's core program, The Bridge Project, which creates and supports equity-driven live art that builds community and centers artists as agents of change. In 2020, The Bridge Project shifted to an equity-driven model of distributed leadership.

As a dancer, Mohr performed in the companies of dance pioneers Lucinda Childs and Trisha Brown. As a choreographer, Mohr makes work that “conveys emotional and socio-political contents that just ride underneath the surface of a rigorous vocabulary.” (Dance View Times). She was named to the YBCA 100 in 2015 and was a 2016 Fellow at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. In 2014, Dance Magazine editor-in-chief Wendy Perron named Mohr as one of the “women leaders” in the dance field.

As an activist, she has worked for women’s rights and environmental justice through such organizations as AmeriCorps, Earthjustice, and the Natural Resources Defense Council. Passionate about pursuing both community organizing and dance, Mohr earned a J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was a Columbia Human Rights Fellow. She is on the stewardship team of the Non Profit Democracy Network and is a licensed California attorney with a solo practice focused on supporting artists and arts organizations.

In April 2019, Mohr came to NCCAkron for the first of three research residency visits exploring themes and challenges around dance writing. She met with Dr. Jon Miller, Director of the University of Akron Press, and spoke with students in the 20th Century Dance History course at The University of Akron School of Dance, Theatre, & Arts Administration. She is the author of Shifting Cultural Power, the first book in NCCAkron's series partnership with The University of Akron Press.

Photo courtesy of the artist

Research Residency Artist (2019-2021)

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