Julie Shanahan was born in Adelaide Australia in 1962. In 1981 she graduated from the Centre for the Performance Arts. 1981-1984 she performed with the One extra Dance Company in Sydney. 1984 she joined Rheinhild Hoffmann’s Bremen Dance Theatre till 1986 and moved with the company in 1986-1988 to the Schauspielhaus Bochum. In 1988 she joined Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch as a dancer and remains to the present day as a dancer and rehearsal director. She also works as a restager of Pina Bausch’s Repertoire for the Pina Bausch Foundation. She has also made creations in recent years with Tim Etchells, Alan Lucien Øyen and Rainer Behr. In 2021 she worked as an actor for Robert Wilson in his piece „I was sitting on my patio this guy appeared I thought I was hallucinating“. In 2022 Julie Shanahan performed „L’Etang“ directed by Giséle Vienne.