My development from this 3 Month Course has been full of revelations, full of joy, a lot of exploring…huge breakthroughs, artistic liberation and empowerment. And a lot of feeling like ‘Can it be this easy?!
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Daybreakers, The Water Diviner, Steven Spielberg’s The Pacific
“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.”
Head of Acting
Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)
Stephan Perdekamp has created something extraordinary, a method using only an actor’s bio-physiology. This is the acting technique for the 21st century – it would have amazed even Stanislavsky!
Acting Teacher / Certified PEM Instructor
The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
I’m very impressed by the techniques PEM has developed to facilitate actors’ access to their feelings. It is absolutely in keeping with current discoveries in neuro-science and the results are more honest than a lot of the traditional strain and self-indulgence that surrounds much acting work. Actors do not have to go into autobiographical trauma to dredge up feelings which usually have more to do with the actor and less to do with the character they’re playing! By seriously studying how the body functions, actors can, healthily and efficiently, release truthful expressiveness. The body rarely lies. And this process of working through body to emotion is what PEM is constantly exploring and refining. Ultimately, the physical and the emotional are one.
London - Described by Sir Ian McKellen as one of the three best directors in the country
PEM is the newest, most cutting-edge and effective of acting methods. Every actor should try it.
Actor, Los Angeles, Las Vegas
Garrett Wang is known as the actor portraying Ensign Harry Kim on Star Trek: Voyager in the 1990s. He was exposed to PEM a year ago. He has since been fascinated by our process and expressed his thoughts on PEM for us
This unique technique defines a new movement in the acting field of education and technique. The duty of care offered to actors by this system is second to none in the world and a movement the industry has needed for 140 years!
Actors Centre Australia, Sydney
Until now, I was convinced that actors have to learn how to ‘act’ emotions by using triggers or putting up a front. These ‘acted’ emotions are cognitive constructs. Truth be told, they are ‘feigned’. They are not truly and directly experienced. As an audience, you immediately recognize ‘acted emotions’.
Stephan Perdekamp’s acting method allows the actor to learn how to utilize the primary emotional patterns – ‘true’ emotions as it were – as a reliable tool for their craft.
The demonstration of the P.E.M. was extraordinary. The portrayal of emotion was immediate and direct because the emotions were not acted but real. The emotions were actually part of the experience of the actors, their behavior as well as their movements – at no point whatsoever were they unreal, ‘acted’ or over the top. As a spectator, you cannot withdraw from the incredulous authenticity but feel yourself be drawn right in. This is an earth-shaking novelty. What a revolution for acting if emotions no longer have to be evoked or triggered by thought.
My experiences with P.E.M. prove to me that Stephan Perdekamp has made a sensational discovery.
I think PEM is going to be the new wave for acting. It is holistic, organic and you understand how to use your body to show your emotions. It’s brilliant, refreshing and confidence building. PEM is definitely the coolest way of learning and improving your craft. It will be beneficial to my acting career and I recommend it to anybody.
Mitchell de Best