Take your acting to a new level - PEM



What is PEM?


PEM is a fundamental acting tool that ensures the skillful, exact and instant use of authentic emotions.

It is a way of accessing emotions on a purely physical basis, without recourse to personal experiences or emotional memory.

It is also a tool to connect young actors to emotions beyond their personal experience to provide them with a wider range of emotional expression.

PEM is also a way to explore acting beyond the personal, historical and cultural scope of our modern society. It enables an understanding and awareness of the human condition that is bigger than our personal experience, making actors more versatile and intense at the same time.


How does PEM work?


PEM is based on the biological connection of key movement patterns (emotions) to organic impulses in the body.

PEM teaches to trigger those - previously unconscious - organic impulses, enabling the performers to access their true emotional system directly and consciously.

Additionally, PEM offers a wide range of exercises to clear up unconscious emotional blockages in order to give the actor access to the basic biological function of emotions and an artistic control over the internal emotional processes.

How was PEM developed?


Stephan Perdekamp developed PEM in a 10-year period of research. Theatrical experiments helped define the applicability and effectiveness of the method in the Performing Arts.

The process was accompanied and its technical and educational aspect repeatedly reviewed by psychologists and therapists to create a method that is safe, user-friendly and free from exploiting the artistic soul.

Can I be sure that PEM works for me?


So far, everybody who tried PEM was able to access the triggers in the first lesson. PEM is an approach to an innate biological system which is the basis of human communication and acting. PEM has been tried by thousands of people from 6 continents in over 30 countries and is complementary to all other acting methods. Certified PEM instructors guarantee safe and effective learning.


"Anyone would be able to use this even if they were fond of another method because it is so concrete and you can rely on it." - Kristen Vaphides, actress, New York


In 2013, the effects of PEM were scientifically supported in a study funded by the Federal Ministry of Economy, Family and Youth in Austria. The results were presented to members of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna who acknowledged the findings.


"Stephan Perdekamp has made a sensational discovery [...] PEM allows the actor to learn how to utilize the primary emotional patterns – ‘true’ emotions as it were - as a reliable tool for their craft." - Martin Miller, psychologist, Switzerland

How can I learn PEM?


The knowledge of PEM has been introduced to different countries in various degrees.

In Germany and Austria, resident acting schools have been established to run full-time PEM acting programmes as well as part-time PEM classes.

In other countries (USA, UK, Netherlands, South Africa, Romania, Greece), a variety of weekend-workshops and classes are being offered.


If your city is not listed on our website, please contact info@pem-acting.com and email us your request. Workshops can be organised everywhere with your help!

"PEM is a viable solution to one of the major problems of the actor´s art."

- Prof. Bács Miklós, University of Cluj, Romania