Circus Up Team

Circus Up Team

Abbi

General Manager

Abbi Wilson, LCSW, is excited to be working with Circus Up! She grew up in social circus and is happiest when coaching, practicing, and performing. She holds an MSW from Boston College School of Social Work, upon graduation receiving a Certificate for Equity and Justice in the Workplace and the Dean's Award for Equity, Justice, and Inclusion...

Aidan

Team Member

Aidan Weinberg is a student at Northeastern University studying Computer Science and Math. In first grade after being called the class clown, his mom’s logical next step was to sign Aidan up for “clown school” with a local Chicago social circus called CircEsteem. Little did she know he would stay in the organization for 12 years practicing, performing, and teaching circus arts all around Chicago...

Alissa

Team Member

Alissa Feller has experience in modern dance, Ashtanga yoga, and capoiera. Alissa moved to Boston in 2018 after living in Konstanz, Germany for 4 years. She is excited to join the exuberant circus community here in Boston. When Alissa is not teaching or preforming she is hiding in the woods or being a mama to her baby boy!

Asia

Team Member

Asia Mei is a local chef and owner of Southie's Moonshine 152. She spends the majority of her time trying to squeeze in workouts in between work, caring for her vast number of rescue dogs and pets, and advocating for all things neighborhood, community and small business. Asia has long been impassioned by anything sports or action motivated...

Ezra

Team Member

Ezra Varley spent their college years ostensibly studying engineering but really spending most of their time rock climbing, canyoneering, and dabbling in confined space rescue. After discovering circus in 2017, they realized that they could use both their technical skills and love of verticality by pursuing circus professionally!...

Leah

Founder, Executive Director, Co-Chair of the Board

Leah Abel is Co-Founder, Executive Director, and Head Instructor of Circus Up, a Boston-based social circus program. She holds a Masters degree in Social Work from Simmons College and is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW). Leah also (surprisingly) completed her Masters in Environmental Law and Policy at Vermont Law School...

Lucia

Team Member

Lucia Cassan has always been active. She began with sports and dance, yet discovered in high school that circus was her true passion. Aerial rope, silks, wire and partner acro are her most loved circus disciplines. Lucia is a recent college graduate from Umass Boston where she studied sociology and criminal justice...

Nicole

Team Member

Nicole Gilmore grew up in California and found circus as an outlet during veterinary school. While Nicole enjoys all aspects of circus, her favorite disciplines are aerial silks and straps. After graduating and moving to Rhode Island, Nicole’s passion for circus arts led her to co-found New England Black Circus, ...

Olivia

Team Member

Olivia is a performing artist, dancer, model, actress, meditation guide and yoga instructor born, raised, and practicing on Nipmuc, Pocumtuc, Massachusett, Pawtucket land. Trained in traditional indigenous Afro-Brazilian, Ayisyen, and Guinean rhythms and movements by Kera Washington, Isaura Oliveira, Peniel Guerrier, and Toussaint the Liberator, has been trained in contemporary indigenous, intuition and environment led movement on Apache and Tewa land by Dancing Earth’s Rulan Tangen, gratefully…

Revely

Team Member

Revely is originally from Santa Fe, New Mexico, but is currently an undergrad at Tufts University studying Education and Cognitive Brain Sciences. They first joined a youth circus, Wise Fool New Mexico, in 2009, and haven’t looked back since...