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Quetta Carpenter got her professional start as an actor at 17, originating the role of Goldi Lox in Alan J. Pruitt's The Three Bears at Phoenix Theatre Cookie Company. She later attended Southern Utah University on theatre and dance scholarships, earning a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies. While at SUU, Quetta was active in the local community as a choreographer for junior high, high school and college productions. She also danced in Greenshow fundraisers for the Utah Shakespeare Festival.
Quetta went on to act for the Utah Shakespeare Festival, appearing on stage for three seasons (Cyrano de Bergerac, A Flea in Her Ear, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Timon of Athens, The Shoemaker's Holiday, Our Town), as well as touring regionally as a model with the Costume Cavalcade and serving as Dance Captain for The Shoemaker's Holiday and A Midsummer Night's Dream. She joined the acting company of Southwest Shakespeare in 2002, where she acted for three seasons (As You Like It, Love's Labour's Lost, Cardenio, Richard III), earning a Zoni award nomination for Best Actress for her portrayal of "Rosalind" in As You Like It. She also played for Shakespeare Sedona (Love's Labour's Lost, Cardenio, Richard III), Childsplay (Zoni nomination for Best Actress, The Imaginators), Actor's Renaissance (As You Like It, Macbeth: Remixed), and Nearly Naked Theatre (Zoni award for Best Supporting Actress, Torch Song Triology). While in the Phoenix area, she was also a contributing writer for The Phoenix New Times and Metro Magazine, and recorded Shakespeare and radio plays for Sun Sounds of Arizona, an organization providing audio information for people who cannot read print.
Quetta earned a M.F.A. in Acting from Penn State University in 2007. In addition to her activities at Penn State, she also acted with Pennsylvania Centre Stage (Cloud Nine, Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, Proof, Baby, Broadway on Allen Street), New Paltz Summer Repertory (Proof), The Cultural Conversations Festival (Severe Clear), studied film acting in Toronto at the Professional Actor's Lab, and studied Shakespeare in London with Charmian Hoare and took master classes at the National Theatre. Quetta was also a member of the Penn State Theatre 100 company for two years, acting scenes from plays in the general education course.
After graduating from Penn State, Quetta took up residence in Chicago where she regularly did readings/developed new plays for Chicago Dramatists as a member of the Instant Theatre company, as well as the Saturday Series (If You Split a Second) and the Playwright's Lab. She originated the role of "Claire" in Vino Veritas by David Macgregor at Jeff Daniels' Purple Rose Theatre Company (Chelsea, MI), played "Becca" in Rabbit Hole at New Hampshire's Seacoast Repertory Theatre (Spotlight Award nomination for Best Actress), and played the lead role of "Lydia Carew" for ShawChicago in Robert Scogin's original stage adaptation of Cashel Byron's Profession (2011 International Shaw Symposium).
Quetta also began working in film and commercial areas, shooting four feature films, several short films, and many commercials. Collaboration with local actors and playwrights resulted in a the creation of production collective Plenty Humble, which produced staged readings of new plays and a web-series Diary of a Job Seeker. Quetta was also a Programs Assistant for the Illinois Arts Council and taught the Fundamentals of Acting series at Chicago's Act One Studios as well as summer workshops for high school students in Minneapolis. She studied the works of Tom Stoppard with James Bohnen at Remy Bumppo Theatre, portrayed "expert" witnesses for Kirtland and Ellis mock trials, and worked as an actor in Columbia College directing classes for Steppenwolf's Rick Snyder and in John A. Rangel's directing classes at The College of DuPage.
After a number of winters based in the city of big shoulders, Quetta relocated to Austin to teach in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Texas at Austin, where she recently appeared in the premiere of Steven Dietz's adaptation of La Ronde, 360 (round dance) and designed movement/choreography for Love's Labour's Lost, directed by John Langs (Austin Critics' Table Nomination for Movement).
In Austin, Quetta is active as a film and commercial actress, as well as voicing for animation, most recently filming a lead role in Zach Merck's film The Price on Henry James' Head and voicing characters for the internet video games Wizard101 and Pirate101 (KingsIsle Entertainment.) Also a writer, Quetta is currently workshopping her play Proving Ground and is writing an adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. She was most recently seen as Anna in Burn This at The Performance Network Theatre in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and will soon appear as single mom Robin in the feature film Sweet Sixteen, set to release in the fall of 2012.
Quetta teaches actor movement, audition technique and acting.