A safe access to true emotions


Developed and designed by German director and playwright Stephan Perdekamp – PEM is an innovative acting method based on a biological process. It provides performers with a direct, effortless and repeatable access to authentic emotions on a purely physical basis, without recourse to personal experiences or emotional memory.
Its organic and fast approach grants security, flexibility and reliability in the professional careers of actors, singers, dancers and other performers and works with an unheard-of simplicity and effectiveness in creating emotional depth and expressiveness.

The Training

Term Classes

Explore PEM’s approach to acting.

– Entry via registration –

3 Month Upskilling Program

Add PEM to your actors toolbox.

– Entry by interview –

1 Year Intensive Program

Integrate PEM fully in your actors craft.

– Entry by audition –



“There is much more focus on the health and well-being of the actor in our industry today and in the last decade many conservatoire training institutions around the world have been quick to take to the Perdekamp Emotional Method (PEM). PEM is very easy for people to access, and a powerfully effective tool for actors to develop their craft for stage and film. I notice my students jumping into class work and rehearsals, giving much more of themselves, taking risks, making discoveries and finding more joy in the work. This is because they feel safe. They have a different understanding of emotional access through the bio-physical experience rather than mining their personal psyches. I find PEM an ethical and non-exploitative approach to lead young actors to intense and deep authentic performances.”

Glenda Linscott Head of Acting, Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)

The Theatre

“Its rare to see such vibrant individual performances come together in one collective show full of emotional generosity and fearlessness presence. Their love of acting glows on stage, it’s a privilege to watch”


NIDA - National Institude of Dramatic Art

Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)

VCA - Victorian College of the Arts

“PEM Studios Melbourne respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the Land, the Yalukut Willam People of the Boon Wurrung of the Kulin nation and pays respect to their Elders past, present and emerging.”

PEM Studios Melbourne