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Training as a dancer for many years, Professor Quetta Carpenter began acting professionally in high school. She studied theatre and dance at Southern Utah University, earning a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies from the College of Performing and Visual Arts, interned on stage with the Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespeare Festival and received a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from The Pennsylvania State University.
Current screen credits include the recurring role of lawyer "Marckel" on the second season of John Ridley's American Crime (ABC) and indie film Flocker. Other recent appearances include The Price on Henry James' Head, American Crime Season 1 (ABC), Revolution (NBC) and The Secret Diary of an American Cheerleader (Cheer Channel).
Commercial credits include Maytag, Associated Bank (Superbowl), HEB (Superbowl), iMeet and Dove.
Stage credits include Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Southwest Shakespeare, Shakespeare Sedona, Jeff Daniels’ Purple Rose Theatre, Seacoast Repertory Theatre, Pennsylvania CentreStage, New Paltz Summer Repertory, The Performance Network, Nearly Naked Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, ShawChicago, Expanded Arts NYC, Childsplay, Phoenix Theatre, Off-Broadway Theatre and Actor’s Renaissance.
Carpenter taught acting at Penn State University and Act One Studios in Chicago in addition to teaching artist work for Childsplay, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Summer Theatre Enrichment Program and Texas Musical Theatre Workshop. She currently teaches movement and acting at The University of Texas at Austin where she recently directed Speaking in Tongues, The Sparrow and a movement workshop of Interview from America Hurrah. She serves as Co-Producer of The Cohen New Works Festival.
Carpenter is an artistic associate at Southwest Shakespeare Company and the Director of Ms. Conceived Shakespeare, a company dedicated to advancing gender parity in the professional classical theatre.