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“PEM is the alphabet of our art.”

Carina Buena, actress, Romaina

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A fascinating approach to acting that is clear, concise and contemporary.

Richard Listor, actor, London

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If I could sum up PEM in one word it’s “confidence”

Justin Younts, actor, New York

PEM Workshops and Classes in the US

PEM intensive workshops

PEM 1 Five-Day Workshop


3-day intensive PEM workshop:

The Perdekamp Emotional Method PEM is a comprehensive acting method that integrates all subjects necessary for acting: emotional work, text work, character work, voice work, movement etc. All subjects are based on the same techniques and principles.

PEM was developed by German director and playwright Stephan Perdekamp and provides performers with a safe, healthy and reliable access to authentic emotions, independent from personal experiences or memories.

PEM integrates the whole nervous system as well as subconscious processes that are required for acting. It teaches actors to put subconscious processes into the consciousness and reliably repeat them without letting them get stale. PEM was created to take care of the actor and their well-being.

It is taught at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and at the leading drama universities in Australia NIDA, VCA and WAAPA.

Stephan Perdekamp developed PEM as an acting method but the principles he found are fundamental and concern the human being in general. Therefore, we work with people with burn out, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, anxiety and with people on the spectrum (our non-profit organisation PEM Autism). Our institution in Germany is certified by the German state to teach people on the spectrum.

Our communication centres and theatres are in Hamburg, Germany and in Melbourne, Australia.

Hours and number of participants:

6 hours per day

14 participants


Day 1 (6 hours): The first day gives an insight into the unique biological process of PEM and practice the emotional access triggers for the basic emotions aggression, happiness, grief, lust, fear and revulsion. The simple and effective exercises will help actors overcome personal restrictions and emotional blockages.

Day 2 (6 hours): The second day will introduce exercises for acting principles such as energetic perception, permeability, energetic flow, reacting to impulses and presence. These exercises prepare the actor to give their performance physical authenticity. The last part of day two will introduce how to apply emotions to text (monologues).

Day 3 (6 hours): The third day introduces PEM’s character work to enable the performer to physically get into and out of characters. PEM text work will be combined and connected with PEM character work.

The workshop will be held by PEM Master Instructor Sarah Victoria.

Sarah Victoria is an actress, PEM Master Instructor and Head of PEM International. She is a certified PEM Instructor since 2004 and wrote her Master Thesis about PEM. She has been researching acting and voice since 2004 and has been leading PEM Master classes at drama universities worldwide. She is currently based in Melbourne, Australia to set up PEM Studios Melbourne and establish the PEM Ensemble Melbourne.

PEM is a great method of acting. This method is completely different from all other methods I’ve learned. I believe that PEM should be a part of all actor’s training.

Justin Younts, Actor, New York City

PEM Instructors:

Sarah Victoria
PEM Master Instructor

Location and Dates:

New dates TBA


PEM International Office

Online One-on-one-sessions


  • Do you need to work on an audition piece and cannot access the right emotions?
  • Did you feel frustrated with the inability to readliy trigger your emotions during your last audition?
  • Do you want to learn this biological access to emotions individually or simply deepen your knowledge of PEM?

We offer online training sessions with PEM Master Instructor Sarah Victoria.

PEM Instructors:

Sarah Victoria
PEM Master Instructor

Price and booking:

Please go to Online Training to book your session!

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