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Quetta Carpenter

Quetta Carpenter

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.

Recent screen credits include 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.

Areas of Expertise

Film and television acting, movement, ensemble-devised theatre


Acting 1, Acting 2, Movement Lab 1 and 2, Movement for the Actor, Acting for the Camera, Audition Technique

Recent Work

  • Actress (recurring) on American Crime, season 2 (ABC)
  • Actress at Illinois Shakespeare Festival, 2015
  • Director of the Charmed Ring in Karachi, Pakistan for the NAPA International Theatre Festival (production toured India as well), 2016

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

The commitment to new work and emerging forms makes UT the most exciting department in the country. Our students are literally creating the future of the art.

What is your favorite thing about Austin?

The city has a very strong identity centered around individuality and freedom of expression. It doesn't feel like anyplace else.

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