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Michael Deragon
Michael Deragon
General Education

AMDA Faculty since: 2009

Michael Deragon is an interdisciplinary instructor and professional artist - working as a writer, composer, musician and painter. His original poetry has been featured in Yalobusha Review, Liminalities, Muzzle Magazine, Drumvoices and several other literary magazines. As a composer, he has written innovative scores for multiple movies, short films, television series, theatre and dance performances, typically utilizing a collage technique that involves electronic sounds, organic live instruments, field recordings, found sounds and children's toys. For over 15 years, Michael has performed as a guitarist in professional bands and exhibited his collage paintings in galleries across the country. Michael creates a learning environment in his classes that promotes a sense of play and critical thinking, which encourages students to develop a high level of observation and communication skills.

Michael teaches Film & Society, Short Film Script Development, Quest for Success, Creative Writing, Cultures of Fear & Horror, History of Independent Cinema, The Film Auteur, Cultural Expressionism/Surrealism, Adaptations of Literary Fiction and is involved in Artists’ Lab Finding Your Voice workshops.


M.F.A., Music and Writing, California Institute of the Arts
M.A., Poetry, Goddard College
B.A., English and Psychology, Keene State College