Leah James Abel is a circus artist and co-founder of D.R.I.V.E. (Diversity, Representation,
Inclusivity, Voice, and Equity), a team of hospital clowns from across the U.S. . In addition to
her work with D.R.I.V.E., Leah is also hospital clown with Laughter League at Boston Children’s Hospital and a performer with Clowns Without Borders USA. When she’s not performing, Leah is also Founder and Executive Director of Circus Up—a social circus organization in Boston that aims to make circus inclusive, accessible, and joyful for all. A licensed clinical social worker, Leah uses Liberation Health as a framework for working with youth from under-resourced and marginalized communities. With Ayla Gavins, Leah consults with circus organizations on racial equity in circus arts education. Leah lives in Boston with her partner Lex and their three dogs.