Gabriele Heller was born in Munich. She holds an MA in German Literature and Theatre Studies from the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. In 1992 she founded with six actors the fastfood-theater, an award winning improvisation theatre company from Germany. From 1992 until 2001 she performed in over 800 shows across Germany and Europe. Gabriele performed in an improvised TV show and organised international Improvisation Festivals with the fastfood theatre.

Between 1995 and 1998 Gabriele worked as an assistant director for radio dramas at the BR, Bavarian Public Broadcast. She collaborated with director Daniel Tharau and artist Wolfgang Weileder on 'theatre sculptures' in New York and Berlin. In 2000 she spend a six months research time in New York and Seattle, were she worked with Unexpected Productions and Lenard Petit.

Gabriele Heller is the artistic director of

With four other artists Gabriele founded the
Institute Robert Walser in Newcastle upon Tyne in 2011. It is a loose collective devoted to the understanding, appreciation and dissemination of the work and life of the Swiss writer Robert Walser (1878-1956). She co-directed the Festival Robert Walser in Newcastle in 2012.

From 2013 to 2015 Gabriele Heller worked as an associate lecturer in Performing and Visual Arts at
Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Since 2013 she is also a member of the theatre collective Tuesday's Childe which devises and performes own theatre projects.

Her practice includes acting, singing, directing, teaching and writing.
As a singer Gabriele works on various music projects. She leads the Jazz Quartet Gabriele mit drei, and the Jazz ensemble DIACHRONICX.

Gabriele Heller lives and works in Newcastle upon Tyne, Great Britain.