School of Theatre & Dance

Bliss Kohlmyer


Bliss Kohlmyer began her training in Wooster, Ohio. She attended The Juilliard School for two years, and then graduated from Dickinson College with a BA in Dramatic Arts. In 2011, having studied the intersection of dance and technology, she received her MFA from the University of Washington in Seattle.

 In New York City, Bliss danced and toured internationally with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and The Sean Curran Company. In San Francisco, she danced with Janice Garrett and Dancers, Robert Moses' Kin, and The San Francisco Opera Ballet, among others. While at The University of Washington she was a member of The Chamber Dance Company and had the great pleasure in performing works by Alwin Nikolais, Jane Dudley, Lar Lubovitch, Llory Wilson, and Oskar Schlemmer. In 2010, Bliss performed Schlemmer’s Bauhaus Dances at Artissima: International Contemporary Art in Torino, Italy.

Bliss has set Robert Moses’ “The Supplicant” and “Lucifer’s Prance” at Cal Poly University. Also, she assisted in setting “Speaking Ill of the Dead” at Jacob’s Pillow. She was on faculty at Oberlin Dance Collective (ODC) School for eight years and was a guest lecturer at UC Berkeley from 2007-2009. Bliss has taught master classes at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, The University of Nevada at Reno, UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, Arizona State University, San Francisco State University, Cal Poly University, Stanford University, and The San Francisco Dance Center. She has also been an artist-in-residence for the San Francisco Arts Education Project and is a certified Pilates instructor. Bliss was a faculty member at St. Mary’s College of Moraga in 2011-2012. In 2013, St. Mary’s College Dance Company will present her work at the western region ACDFA.

Bliss is the co-artistic director of project agora, a San Francisco based organization that presents evenings of collaborative and interdisciplinary work. Her company has received numerous grants and commissions. Bliss is an Assistant Professor of Dance at The University of South Florida.

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