About PEM



The Perdekamp Emotional Method PEM – developed and designed by German director and playwright Stephan Perdekamp – is an innovative acting method based on a biological process.  PEM 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.

PEM 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 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.

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


Stephan Perdekamp developed PEM over a 10-year period of research, which still continues. Theatrical experiments helped define the applicability and effectiveness of the method in the Performing Arts. The process and its technical and educational aspect was repeatedly reviewed by psychologists and therapists to create a method that is safe, user-friendly and free from exploiting the artistic soul.


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.


PEM is an approach to an innate biological system which is the basis of all human communication and acting. This innate biological system works continuously whether or not you are aware of it. PEM has been tried by thousands of people from 6 continents in over 55 countries and, although a method in its own right, has proven to be complementary to all other acting methods. Certified PEM instructors guarantee safe and effective learning.

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.