Acting lecturer Quetta Carpenter was named the recipient of the 2017 Department of Theatre and Dance Teaching Award, granted to those educators who go above and beyond in their work both in and out of the classroom.
Quetta Carpenter is a professional stage and screen actress. She has a Bachelor of Integrated Studies from Southern Utah University and a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from Penn State University.
She has been seen on both stage and screen, including American Crime (ABC), Revolution (NBC), The Leftovers (HBO), The Secret Diary of an American Cheerleader (Cheer Channel) and films Flocker, Sweet 16 and The Price on Henry James' Head. Stage credits include Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Southwest Shakespeare, Shakespeare Sedona, Jeff Daniels' Purple Rose Theatre, Seacoast Repertory Theatre, Pennsylvania Centre Stage, New Paltz Summer Repertory, The Performance Network, Nearly Naked Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, ShawChicago, Childsplay, Phoenix Theatre and Off-Broadway Theatre.
At UT, Carpenter has directed Speaking in Tongues, The Sparrow and workshops of Interview and Henry IV and serves as co-producer of The Cohen New Works Festival.
Carpenter is an artistic associate at Southwest Shakespeare Company in Mesa, Arizona and the producing artistic director of Ms. Conceived Shakespeare. She participates in an ongoing teaching and creative exchange with the National Academy of Performing Arts in Karachi, Pakistan through UT's South Asia Institute.
This summer, Carpenter can be seen in We Should Kill Caesar (Phoenix Theatre, Caleb Reese New Works Festival) and Arkansas Shakespeare Festival as "Cassius" in Julius Caesar and "Princess of France" in Love's Labour's Lost.