Frankie Shaw is an American actress best known for her starring role as Mary Jo Cacciatore on the sports comedy television series Blue Mountain State, from 2010-2011.
She also had a starring role as Fab, a pretentious, worldly fashionista who pronounces at least one word per sentence with a foreign accent and is the master of both the backhanded compliment and the insulting non sequitur, in the television sitcom Mixology.
Shaw appeared on HBO's Hello Ladies, opposite Stephen Merchant, Christine Woods and Kevin Weisman. She appeared in the IFC half-hour pilot International Plan opposite Michael Blieden, Eric Ledgin and Jessica Makinson, and has guest starred on CBS' 2 Broke Girls, opposite Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs.
Shaw can be seen in the independent film The Pretty One, for director Jenée LaMarque, opposite Jake Johnson and Zoe Kazan; as well as Andrew Levitas' Lullaby, opposite Garrett Hedlund, Richard Jenkins, Jessica Brow-Findlay, Amy Adams and Terrence Howard, which screened at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival.
She also shot Rob Pearlstein's Someone Marry Barry, opposite Tyler Labine and Hayes MacArthur.
Shaw was also seen in the Wrekin Hill Entertainment film, The End of Love, directed by Mark Webber and opposite Mark Webber, Michael Cera, Amanda Seyfried and Jason Ritter, which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
She was also seen in director Bill Guttentag's independent film, Knife Fight, opposite Rob Lowe, Jamie Chung, Eric McCormack, David Harbour, and Carrie-Anne Moss, which premiered at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival; as well as the independent film, This Is Where We Live, written and directed by Josh Barrett and Marc Menchaca, which premiered at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival.
Shaw was also previously seen in Phase Four's The Freebie, opposite Katie Aselton and Dax Shepard, which premiered to rave reviews in the Next Program at the Sundance Film Festival 2010 and had a September 17, 2010 theatrical release in New York, and an October 1, 2010 release in Los Angeles.
In addition, she was seen in Explicit Ills, directed by Marc Webber, for which she received a Best Actress nomination at the Down Beach Film Festival in the same category as Felicity Huffman and Elle Fanning.
She also voiced the role of Victoria Primm on the animated PBS show Nate the Great, and has appeared on Law & Order and One Life to Live.
After a crazy South-Boston upbringing, Shaw attended Barnard College of Columbia University, graduating with a degree in English literature in three and a half years and spending a semester off working as a third-man on a lobster boat (Kingpin II) off an island in Maine. She made ends meet by writing college application essays (which she still does).
Shaw studied at UCB, with John Gould Rubin at the Labyrinth Theater Company, and was a member of an ongoing writing workshop with playwright Leslie Ayvasian. She performed at The Moth in LA, and after finding success as an actress, is back with her first love of writing.