Quetta Carpenter

Learn more about Quetta Carpenter's performance and directing credits.

Head, Acting Assistant Professor, Acting

Quetta Carpenter is a professional stage and screen actor and head of acting at The University of Texas at Austin. She also directs in the theatre and adapts Shakespeare for gender parity. Originally from Stockton, California, Carpenter grew up in the Phoenix area and came to Austin in 2011 from Chicago. She has a Bachelor of Integrated Studies from Southern Utah University and a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from Penn State University.

Recent screen credits include Chicago Med (NBC), 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.

    What do you enjoy most about being part of the UT Theatre and Dance community?

    This department is dedicated to the future of the art form and constantly redefining what it means to be a maker or an artist. I think this prepares our students for the constantly evolving professions they will be going into after graduation.

    What is your favorite thing about Austin?

    Austin is a weird little town that is fast becoming a big city. It has both sides to it. You can get a big city experience here if that’s what you’re after, but you can still find the small town when you want to.

    an ensemble of actors on stage, all dressed in shades of white, black or gray with a bar in the background

    Classical theatre, television, film, professional preparation

    Acting for the Camera, Acting 1, Acting 2, Movement Lab, Professional Portfolio, Voice Over and Narration

    • Actor on Chicago Med, season 5 (NBC)
    • Lead actor in Untitled El Paso Project (Parkside Films)
    • Director/adaptor of Caesar (Illinois Shakespeare Festival), 2019
    • Actor (recurring) on American Crime, season 2 (ABC)
    • Actor at Illinois Shakespeare Festival, 2015 and 2018
    • Director of the Charmed Ring in Karachi, Pakistan for the NAPA International Theatre Festival (production toured India as well), 2016
    • Director of the Urdu translation of David Auburn’s Proof in Karachi, Pakistan for the NAPA International Theatre Festival (world premiere), 2017
    • Actor on The Leftovers, season 2 (HBO)

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