Life Performance

San Francisco | New York City

Life Performance

San Francisco | New York City

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


Life Performance Coaching is one of several centers in the U.S. that practice social therapeutics and performance activism in San Francisco, New York City and via videoconferencing.

Social therapeutics is an alternative and radically humanistic approach to human development and social change that relates to people of all ages and life circumstance as social performers and creators of their lives and indeed the world. It grew out of social therapy a non-diagnostic, development focused group psychotherapy that has been in its very practice a challenge to the medical model. Every week in therapy and coaching centers around the country and now the world via the magic of the internet, social therapists and coaches lead diverse groups of people in the intimate, creative, messy activity of building and creating groups where people can get help with the pain that comes from living in a deeply troubled world.

Executive, professional and personal coaching at Life Performance Coaching are for people who are ready to make a serious commitment to growth. We deal with a broad range of development issues with a particular focus on relationship building.

We are excited about 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 Life Performance Coaching. 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 Life Performance Coaching. 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.

Dr. Raquell Holmes joins Life Performance Coaching staff to offer online life performance coaching for professionals in scientific and technical fields. Her goal is to create an environment in which everyone can get help with the emotional, performative, and strategic (philosophical and political) challenges of creating their careers. This includes, and is not limited to, pursuing graduate degrees, early career jobs or social innovations in the culture and practice of science research and education. 
“Social therapeutics,” Holmes remarks, “the name says so much. It is a practice of talking with others that challenges our assumptions about how we have to work, what others are supposed to be doing, why our work environment is so stressful, to name a few.”

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 Life Performance Coaching’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.

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Playing with Light and Art with Helen Abel & Mana Sakaguchi

Let’s create images using everyday objects and light! In this workshop, we will be making photograms or “light drawings”, a photographic process without the use of a camera. Using light sensitive paper and sunlight we can explore creative possibilities. We will have all the materials necessary and we encourage you to bring small objects of your choosing. No experience necessary.

Helen Abel is a life performance coach on staff at Life Performance Coaching. She encourages growth and development by helping people learn how to use their capacity to create, perform and play. She leads the popular Playground series at LPC, which uses a performance-based approach to help people from all walks of life to grow and develop.

Mana Sakaguchi is a fine arts photographer and participant at Life Performance Coaching. She graduated with an MFA from Parsons the New School for Design and works both in New York City and the Bay Area, where she is currently based. She brings a sense of play to the process of capturing images and is expert in both digital and traditional methods of photography.

For more information contact Helen Abel at 415-835-1010, ext. 2 or at

Saturday, February 23rd, 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Oakstop @ 274 14th Street, Suite 301, Oakland
Fee: $30; Seniors, Students, Low Income: $20


Contact Us

Joyce Dattner

(415) 835-1010, ext. 1


(415) 835-1010, ext. 2

Randy Wilson

(415) 835-1010, ext. 3

Raquell Holmes

(415) 835-1010, ext. 4


Mailing Address

3871 Piedmont Ave #320
Oakland CA 94611-5378

New York City Office

19 West 34th St #PH
New York NY