Life Performance
Coaching Center

We have expanded to the East Coast!

Life Performance
Coaching Center

We have expanded to the East Coast!

“Embracing performance as a catalyst for new
and more creative ways of living,
loving, healing and helping.”


The Life Performance Coaching Center is pleased to announce that we have expanded to the East Coast! Our founder and director, Joyce Dattner, is now living in New York City, where she has opened a coaching practice in Brooklyn Heights. Joyce will continue to see Bay Area clients via videoconferencing and quarterly visits.

We are excited, not only about our growth, but the growth of a movement of people across the U.S. and globally who are embracing performance as a catalyst for new and more creative ways of living, loving, healing and helping.

Joyce Dattner


Joyce Dattner is a life performance and executive coach based in New York City and San Francisco, where she directs the Life Performance Coaching Center. She is the former director of the All Stars Project of the San Francisco Bay Area, and now sits on its national Board of Directors. A senior trainer, Joyce has traveled internationally to advance the East Side Institute for Group and Short Term Psychotherapy’s performance-based approach to human development. In the early 1970s, she taught in the New York City public schools before joining Institute co-founder, Fred Newman, to develop social therapeutics.

Helen Abel


Helen Abel, a social worker and therapist for more than 40 years, is now bringing her passion and skill for helping people transform painful ways of living their lives to her work as a life coach at the Life Performance Coaching Center. She has been influenced by her training over the last decade in the practice and theory of improvisational theatre, and by her ongoing study of the work of Fred Newman and other postmodern approaches to human development and community building. Helen has come to believe that she can most effectively help people develop by helping them learn how to use their capacity to create, perform and play. As a life coach, Helen helps her clients access these skills as she leads them in creatively developing more effective and impactful conversations with their friends, family and colleagues.


As a long time life coach, Randy Wilson is a skilled and effective leader of creating environments that are challenging and loving and that help clients become more creative choice makers. Having grown to meet many challenges in his life, including living with HIV for nearly 4 decades, he has come to believe that participating in building community focused on the development of all involved helps to reshape and redefine emotional and physical pain.

People respond in all sorts of ways to how they experience pain in their lives including using alcohol, drugs and/or sex to “medicate” themselves. Randy specializes in helping his clients recreate their relationship to that pain, both physical and emotional by helping them transform how they live their lives with others. Trained in the Life Performance Coaching Center’s performance based approach to development, Randy believes that people from all walks of life can come together and learn how to use our human capacity to perform to create new and effective ways of relating to ourselves, our friends and to the world.


Creating Community Across Borders

An International Videoconference Performance Event
Hosted via videoconference by Elena Dina Boukouvala

Please join us for a free videoconference performance event on Saturday, March 4th at the Life Performance Coaching Center from 10am to noon. Creating Community Across Borders is being created in response to the historical moment we are living in of closed borders and grassroots communities that are performing the world across borders.

We invite you to a global performance fundraising event which is both local and international, happening simultaneously in 16 cities in 14 countries. It includes local synchronized events that are being led by organizers and performance activists, who are building communities and creating possibilities for new kinds of conversations around the world. We come from a diversity of countries and backgrounds. Having met in various places from refugee camps to conferences, we come together to create a collective performance of play and solidarity.

We will create music, poetry and art performances online across borders. We will have a conversation where groups can ask questions of each other. And we will launch an online fundraiser. The fundraiser will support Play is Hope and its grassroots collaborations/joint performance activism projects with other organizers. Ten percent of the funds will be donated to the open refugee camp Pikpa ( and to the open educational and cultural center Mosaic in Greece (

Creating Community Across Borders is being organized by Play is Hope in partnership with the East Side Institute ( and the Performing the World Community (

Saturday, March 4, 2017
10:00am – 12:00pm
All are welcome. While this is a free event space is limited.
For more information, contact Helen Abel at or 415-846-8739.
870 Market Street, Suite 557
San Francisco

To register for this event go here.


Let’s Develop and Create Our Lives!
Especially When The Going Gets Tough!

with Helen Abel

How do we create our lives (in good times and bad) with conflict, disagreement, despair, fear, anger and more?

How do we have conversations with people whose personal histories and points of view are very different from ours?


In this workshop, Helen Abel will work with participants to create an ensemble through improvisation and therapeutic dialogue. Please join us in performing, playing and improvising our way to new emotional places and more creative conversations.

Helen Abel, MSW, is a social therapist, life performance coach and workshop leader who has been helping people perform their way to growth and development for the last 30 years. She is a founding member of social therapeutics, a non-diagnostic and performative approach to human development and community building.

Mondays, March 27 – May 15, 2017
6:15pm – 7:45pm
Fee: $320 for 8 weeks
Special rates available for seniors,
low income & students on request
870 Market Street, Suite 557
San Francisco
For more information call Helen Abel at 415-846-8739 

To register for this event go here.

Contact Us

Joyce Dattner

(415) 835-1010, ext. 1

Helen Abel

(415) 835-1010, ext. 2

Randy Wilson

(415) 835-1010, ext. 3


San Francisco Office

870 Market Street, Suite 557
San Francisco CA 94102

New York City Office

26 Court Street, Suite 1009
Brooklyn NY 11242