Artistic Director

Peter Michael von der Nahmer (“Mike”) is a composer, sound researcher and maker of transformative theater based in New York City. He is the creator and artistic director of GROWING YOUNG. He has written over 30 works for music theater and dance, and over 100 works for concert and film; many have received national/international awards and been performed around the world. Mike holds a B.A. in composition from the University of Music and Performing Arts, Munich and an M.A. in Music Therapy from the University of Augsburg. He holds certificates in Film Scoring from UCLA, and in Music Pain Treatment from the Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences. In May 2015, he received an M.F.A. in Musical Theater Writing from New York University where he held a Tisch School of the Arts Departmental Fellowship.

Writer and Director

photo by Scott Newirth

Anita Prestidge is a director, writer and singer/actor who lives and works in Minnesota. She performed in the first GROWING YOUNG program produced at The Grand Center for Arts and Culture in New Ulm, MN and directed its reprise. She is delighted to deepen her involvement with this project as it expands.


Marianna Mott Newirth is a New York City playwright, librettist and Emmy nominated producer who helped develop the first GROWING YOUNG program in Minnesota; she continues facilitating this program in its expansion nationwide. Her recent productions include Correspondence Theory at the Workshop Theater and Bachelor’s Agreement at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre.