Born in 1953 in Schmallenberg, Abels studied philosophy, literature, music, and Jewish studies.

A short overview about some of his professional life: He worked as publicist, university lecturer (1981-1993 for theatre, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt, since 1978 for the history of literature and theatre, mediacampus, Frankurt / Main), musician (since 1978) and dramatic advisor (since 1987 Opera Frankfurt, 1996-1997 theatre Wiesbaden).

He has also been involved in different projects, for example the Bayreuth festival (2004-2010).

He is currently working as university lecturer for dramaturgy of the musical theatre at Folkwang-Hochschule in Essen.