PEM at Toi Whakaari Drama School NZ

We very much look forward to forging a strong and lasting partnership with Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School in Wellington New Zealand over the next two weeks as Stephan Perdekamp, Kristina Heuer and Master Instructor Sarah Victoria begin workshops with first and second year students on Monday to give them a solid foundation in PEM! It is a very exciting time and we look forward also to weekend workshops for the public in Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch.
Thank you to PEM New Zealand Representative and Toi Whakaari Voice lecturer Jon Hunter and acting lecturer Vaughan Slinn for making this tour happen. We’d also like to thank the Goethe-Institut New Zealand for their funding contribution. We look forward to establishing strong ties with them as well. PEM’s presence in the Southern Hemisphere looks assured! 

“The best compliment I can give to this work: it makes me want to an act again. It liberates me from my fear of judgement, being watched, not ‘going deep enough,’ not being talented enough, not being available enough, not having the right choices, not being brave enough.I had been trained to act in a way that came at significant personal cost. Or at least had the pretension, the illusion of proposing such cost was necessary in order for me to do my job. What an exciting discovery, to find a path that elegantly destroys the foundations of my former techniques – not with the bombastic explosion of dynamite or the havoc of a wrecking ball – but rather the surgical precision of a scalpel: clean, efficient, painless.”
Vaughan Slinn
Senior Acting Tutor – Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School

“PEM is a great leveller. You find yourself tapping into an untaught collective body knowledge that defies the boundaries of personal experience. Depth of expression becomes effortless and boundless; interconnectedness palpable. At once new and revolutionary yet somehow timeless and familiar, PEM truly is a paradigm-shift and could well herald in the next major advance in actor training and performance possibility.”
Jon Hunter
Senior Acting Tutor – Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School
PEM Representative New Zealand