Gabriele Heinz was born in Vienna and studied at the Staatliche Schauspielschule (today the University of Performing Arts Ernst Busch) in Berlin. In 1975 she made her debut at the Deutsches Theater in Adam and Eva by Peter Hacks (director: Wolfgang Heinz). Her roles include Leonore in Torquato Tasso, Regan in King Lear (both directed by Friedo Solter) and Polina Andreevna in The Seagull (director: Thomas Langhoff). She collaborated on many occasions with the directors Wolfgang Heinz, Friedo Solter, Thomas Langhoff and Alexander Lang; later she was in productions by Thomas Ostermeier, Dimiter Gotscheff (Ödön von Horváth’s Tales from the Vienna Woods), Jürgen Gosch (Yasmina Reza’s On Arthur Schopenhauer’s Sledge), Michael Thalheimer (Gerhart Hauptmann’s Lonely Lives, Jon Fosse’s Sleep and Dea Loher’s Innocence) and Sebastian Hartmann (Berlin Alexanderplatz, Ghosts). Currently she is to be seen in the plays Mother Tongue Mameloschn, Vodka Beetle, An Answer in the Silence, Ghosts and Uncle Vanya.