Life Performance Coaching

San Francisco | New York City

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


Joyce Dattner is a life performance coach who has led groups and practiced social therapeutics for over 40 years. Joyce directs Life Performance Coaching and leads in-person and virtual social therapeutic coaching groups from coast to coast. While a NYC public school teacher in the 1970s, she joined East Side Institute founder Fred Newman and other educators and helping professionals in developing social therapeutics. A faculty member of the Institute’s Social Therapy and Emotional Development Department, Joyce is an accomplished teacher and facilitator who has travelled the globe to help advance social therapeutics. She is founding director of the All Stars Project (ASP) of the San Francisco/Bay Area and a former member of the ASP national board.


Helen Abel is a life performance coach who has practiced, and helped develop, the social therapeutic approach for over four decades. She co-leads short term groups on “Creating New Performances of Dementia, Memory Loss, and Growing Older.” Helen also leads the Playground series, which helps participants discover their capacity to create, perform and play. She has been instrumental in building Life Performance Coaching as a hub for performance activism and has led workshops in London, Greece, Serbia and the U.S. Helen received her MSW from New York University and has worked at a number of social service and health agencies, including Alameda County Behavioral Health for 23 years.

Raquell Holmes, Ph.D., trained in social therapeutics, improvisation and the life sciences, is a pioneer in bringing performance and play to scientific and technical communities. In her short-term professional development groups at Life Performance Coaching , people are helped with the emotional, performative, philosophical and political challenges of creating their lives at work. 
Raquell is the founder and director of the consulting company, improvscience, and the founder of the international arts, humanities and STEM conference Cultivating Ensembles. Her Uncomfortable Independent Conversations series brings people together from diverse backgrounds to create conversations that transform how they experience race in America.

Randy Wilson (they/them/theirs) is an experienced life coach trained in social therapeutics who excels at creating intimate and philosophical environments that are both loving and challenging. Having lived with HIV – and faced other serious challenges – over the last four decades, Randy is passionate about helping clients become more creative choice makers and believes that participating in building communities of development helps to reshape and redefine their relationship to emotional and physical pain. As director of the East Side Institute’s Tech Production Team, he has helped lead an expansion of the Institute’s global offerings.