Gabriele Wappel studied pedagogy for modern dance at the Vienna Conservatorium. Her career as a dancer has included work for Mathilde Monnier, the Vienna State Opera and the Neue Oper Wien. She has worked as a choreographer for the chorus at the opera Nantes/Angers and the Neue Oper Wien. She has also done workshops and coaching for various dance-theatre projects. She has been director of schallundrauch agency together with Janina Sollman since 2003.