Festival Directors

Peter Michael von der Nahmer

Artistic Director/Composer

Peter Michael von der Nahmer is a composer and sound researcher based in New York City. His American/German/Cuban heritage influences the questions of identity, complexity, and transcendent connection that shape his music. He has written over 27 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. Most recently he was awarded the 2016 McKnight Visiting composer residency, where he worked on new musical theater pieces with and about the people and the history of New Ulm, MN. In June 2017 he received an honorable mentioned in the New World Composition Challenge with his piano piece “From Here to There”, organized by the New York Philharmonic.

Peter Michael von der Nahmer 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.

Peter Michael von der Nahmer’s barrier-breaking, eclectic background explains his passion for music both as artistic expression and as a means to connect disparate cultures. His desire to be an agent of radical connection – to literally create harmony out of apparent dissonance – is his defining motivation.

Among his current commissions are the musical WELCOME TO HELL (libretto by Peter Lund) commissioned by the Neuköllner Opera in collaboration with the Berlin University of the Arts, the dramatic choral concerto BLUTWURZ (Libretto by James. D. Sasser and Tony Asaro), commissioned by Sebastian Brand and the Camerloher Gymnasium Freising, videopera WHEN FALLING…DIVE (libretto by Marianna Mott Newirth), ESTHER (libretto by Emily Roller) commissioned by the Young Opera Rhain-Main and others.

Full Resume — Peter Michael von der Nahmer

Anita Prestidge

Theatrical Director

Anita Prestidge is a writer, director, actress/singer, and educator based in Minnesota. Her creative output has always kept pace with her intense curiosity about learning and processing experience. Her observation and acute listening translate into nuanced performances and unexpected wordplay. She has extensive experience with children which has inspired and informed her development of Sensory Theater and continues to infuse her outlook with wonder and perpetual discovery.