About PEM

PEM is a groundbreaking acting method that provides actors and other performers with a direct, effortless and safe access to authentic emotions on a purely physical basis, without using personal experiences or emotional memory. Addressing unconscious trigger centers in the nervous system, PEM (Perdekamp Emotional Method) was created by German director and playwright Stephan Perdekamp to provide actors with a reliable craft and to take care of their well-being. PEM is taught at prestigious acting studios and universities internationally.

It is also a comprehensive acting method, where all disciplines of acting training (bodywork, breathing, voice, speech, character work, emotional work, scene work, improvisation, acrobatics, dance, singing, and stunt) are taught based on the same technical principles.

“Ideally, PEM should be part of every training curriculum. The level of acting would go up 100%.”

Mike Alfreds
Award-winning International Theatre Director
Author of ‘Different Every Night’

PEM Workshop

Experience how PEM can revolutionize your acting craft. Over two days, you will be taught how to access all six key emotions within PEM: Aggression, Happiness, Grief, Lust, Fear, and Revulsion. Learn to come in and out of intense emotional states quickly, easily, and repeatably, and learn to apply this to authentic text work. PEM’s body-based exercises invite you to work through personal restrictions to expand your acting range and sustainably deliver heart-stopping performances.

  • Work from the body
  • Access big emotional expression for theatre and intense film scenes
  • Access subtle emotional expressions for close-ups and film work
  • Manage audition nerves and stage-fright
  • Reframe your understanding of what emotions are
  • Develop your emotional intelligence and wellbeing
  • Apply emotion into authentic text work


21st-22nd of October, Trafo House (Budapest)

Schedule for both days:

  • 9.30-13.00: morning session
  • 13.00-14.30: lunch break
  • 14:30-18:00: afternoon session

22nd of October, from 18.30-20.00 there will be an Open discussion as an accompanying event for the participants and the public.

The workshop leader

Sarah Victoria is an actress, PEM Master Instructor, and Head of Kalliso/PEM International. She has been a certified PEM Instructor since 2004 and trained directly with Stephan Perdekamp. She wrote her master’s thesis about the Perdekamp Emotional Method in 2004. She has been teaching for over 19 years, is on the board of directors of the PEM Center Hamburg as well as an actor in the PEM Ensemble Hamburg and the PEM International Ensemble. She has been teaching and leading PEM masterclasses at drama universities worldwide such as the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney, the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in Perth, Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, the National School of Drama in Delhi, the University of Johannesburg, and Babes-Bolyai-University in Romania.

As Head of PEM International she has been leading PEM workshops in the US, UK, South Africa, India, New Zealand, Japan, Russia and Europe. She is currently based in Melbourne, Australia where she is director of the Australian company Kalliso – PEM.

The workshop leader