Also interested in physical theatre and movement improvisation, Heisel has performed a variety of physical theatre pieces. Her piece Transformations, with music by John Cage, premiered at The Tank in New York City and extended versions have been performed at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. The piece is also featured on Heisel’s experimental song recital that blends physical theatre and dance with unaccompanied song literature. Other physical theatre work includes “Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread” from David Ives’ All in the Timing, Yoko Ono’s Scream, and The Tropical Fish Opera by Ramon Sender. She was also seen as a Rat Captain in the world premiere staging of John Corigliano’s Pied Piper Fantasy with the Brooklyn Philharmonic. While at New York University, Heisel performed modern dance and sang in inner voice, music by Samuel Barber, in the Master’s Dance Concert and was part of Mother is Breath, a physical theatre piece prepared for the Women’s Project of the Ethno-Cultural Theatre Forum.
Heisel holds a Bachelor of Music degree in voice from Butler University, a Master’s in voice from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a PhD in Music Performance (Voice) from New York University with research in Johan Huizinga’s theory of play and the work of professional musicians. She has taught at New York University, Adelphi University, the University of Massachusetts, and Bay Path College and has presented her work celebrating the interdependence of music performance and research in conferences in the US and abroad.