Rebecca Migdal Bio and CV

Rebecca Migdal is an interdisciplinary artist, performer and author engaging with the healing power of the arts. Her creative practice, which incorporates dreams, myths and fairytales, ranges from painting, poetry and comics to animation, improvisational performance and sound sculpture. In any chosen medium Migdal explores the transformational dynamics of the imagination, as a tool for healing personal, cultural and intergenerational traumas. Migdal currently teaches in the Art+Media+Design department at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania. She is also co-owner and puppeteer at Book & Puppet Co. an independent bookstore and puppet theater in Easton, PA.

Professional and Academic Credentials:  Migdal received her Bachelors in Studio Art in 1982 from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she was a Regent’s Scholar. Her work has been supported by grants including the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance, Emerging Artist Grant in 1989.  She has a Master of Arts Degree in Communication Arts from the New York Institute of Technology. In 2005 Migdal entered the MFA program in English and Creative Writing at Stony Brook University, Southampton, where she studied script writing and the novel with Jules Feiffer and Roger Rosenblatt. In 2021 she earned a Master of Arts degree in Jungian Studies and Archetypes at Pacifica Graduate Institute, where she is currently pursuing a doctoral degree, researching consciousness and the creative process. She is also a certified dream coach, have completed three years of study with Stephen Aizenstat at Pacifica Graduate Institute.

Career Highlights:  Starting in 1996 Migdal was the sole proprietor of R.L.Migdal Creative Multimedia, offering digital design, animation and presentation services to a variety of clients in publishing, media and the fashion industry. In 2000 she was an animator on Queer Duck, written by Mike Riess, now on Showtime.  In 2004 she directed an animated faux commercial, Shugga Crax, which appeared in Alberto Bonilla’s play, Walking to America. Migdal founded the Yippee Skippy Puppet Theater in 2006. In 2012 she directed an animated book trailer, Rebel Bookseller: Amazilla VS Barnes Kong, that was featured on the web sites of The New Yorker, The New York Post and The Paris Review.

Service:  Rebecca Migdal is a committed educator and advocate, working for gender equality, environmental justice and human rights. She is a contributing editor at World War 3 Illustrated, a NYC-based collective, publishing a critically acclaimed annual anthology of social justice comics. In 2022 she helped organize an exhibition promoting free speech in Russia and supporting artists protesting the invasion of Ukraine. In May 2023 the World War 3 Illustrated collective releases its latest issue, My Body Our Rights, an anthology of comics on gender, abortion and bodily autonomy, on which Migdal serves as an editor, contributor and designer.

Rebecca Migdal’s Curriculum Vitae accompanies this application, below.


2025     Doctor of Philosophy, Jungian Studies & Archetypes
            Pacifica Graduate Institute

2021     Master of Arts, Jungian Studies & Archetypes
              Pacifica Graduate Institute

2008     Master of Fine Arts, English & Writing             
              SUNY Southampton

2005     Master of Arts, Communication Arts          
              New York Institute of Technology

1982     Bachelor of Arts, Studio Art                      
              University of California, Santa Cruz 

Selected Grants and Honors:

2005     Merit Scholarship, LIU Southampton MFA Writing Program

2004     New York Institute of Technology, Graduate Teaching Fellowship,
Long Island News Tonight: Broadcast Journalism and Web Design

1989     Emerging Artists Grant, Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance

1978-1982   Regents’ Scholar, University of California

Selected Paper Presentations, Workshops, Residencies and Performances

Motherflower (A Ceremonial Performance) January 2023; La Finca Sagrada, Vilcabamba, Equador; Piramide Mandango, Vilcabamba, Ecuador; Open Studio, Prague, Czech Republic

Climate Cassandras: Don’t Look Up and the Psychology of Believing. Paper presentation,2022 Conference, Mythologium (virtual event)

Jung and the Collective Shadow: From Witnessing Hate to Envisioning Social Justice 2022 Conference, Jungian Society for Scholarly Studies, Seattle, WA

In the Jaws of the Merman: Celebrity, Beauty and the Female Artist 2022 Conference, Popular Culture Society (virtual event)

Dreams, Puppetry and Healing Imagination,with Louise Watkinson Rosager – interviewer. 2021 Conference, Nordic School of Arts and Health, Copenhagen, Demark

Dance and Draw Dream Tending III workshop with Steve Aizenstat, October 2021

Puppeteer-in Residence Book & Puppet Co, 2017-present

Puppeteer-in Residence Bank Street Bookstore, 2012-2016

Recent Teaching

Adjunct Professor in Illlustration and Graphic Design, East Stroudsburg University, 2021-2023

Adjunct Professor in Digital Media, East Stroudsburg University, 2017-2018

Teaching Artist: Puppetry, Puppetmaking, Cartooning, Computer Animation,
Arts Horizons; and numerous institutions throughout NJ and PA,

Graphic Novel, Arts for the Environment, Storytelling and Puppetry workshops, Bank Street Bookstore, NYC.  2012-15

Selected Publications


Intimate Partner Violence Escape Room 2019; Editor; Author, Illustrator, Mythoprint Publishing

Mermaids Fast Asleep (2019) Author (as Robin Riding). Macmillan, Feiwel and Friends imprint

Who Killed Luke Mandrake? Vols. I and II 2016; Editor; Author, Illustrator, Mythoprint Publishing

The Graphic Canon  The Awakening by Kate Chopin (Graphic Novel Adaptation). Seven Stories Press, 2013

The Bohemians Ed. Paul Buhle. Verso Press, 2014


The Voice Behind the Curtain: Reclaiming My Dominant Function from the Protector/Persecutor 2022, Type in Depth; Author, Illustrator

Published in World War 3 Illustrated Magazine, New York, NY:

– Motherflower 2023; Author, Illustrator

– The Scars Went Deep 2022; Author, Illustrator

– Trump Dreams 2020; Author, Illustrator

– Intimate Partner Violence Escape Room 2019; Editor; Author, Illustrator

– Rojava: Flower in the Rubble 2018; Author, Illustrator

– Help Lady Liberty Find Her Way  2017; Author, Illustrator

– Death By Cop  2016; Author, Pencil artist

– The Future  2015; Editor; Author, Illustrator

– In Praise of Whistle-Blowers  2013; Author, Illustrator

– The Lost Treasure of Nauru  2011; Author, Illustrator

– The Yes Men in Judgement Day  2010; Author, Illustrator

– Ana and the Calabash  2009; Author, Illustrator

– Fools Gold  2007; Author, Illustrator.

– Agent Alpha, The Pentagon’s Tiniest Covert Operative  2006; Author, Illustrator.

– Crime And Punishment  2004 Author, Illustrator.