Carpenter's work has been developed/produced by Barrow Group (NYC), Manhattan Theater Works (NYC), On the Square (NYC), Original Bindings (NYC), American Southwest Theater (Las Cruces), New Mexico State University (Las Cruces), Greer Garson Theatre Center (Santa Fe), and Acadiana Repertory Theater (Louisiana). Her plays have won the Audience Favorite Award at the NewBorn Play Festival 2010 (NYC), Best Playwriting at Planet Connections 2010 (NYC), and Best Play at High Desert Play Festival 2012 (NM). Her play The Guadalupe was a 2013 O'Neill Semifinalist for the National Playwrights Conference; Sweet, Sweet Spirit was a 2013 Semifinalist with Wordsmyth Theater (Houston); Good Lonely People was a 2011 Semifinalist with Pandora Productions (Louisville); and her plays Good Lonely People and Wild Dogs are published by IndieTheatreNow. She is a company playwright at Manhattan Theatre Works (MTWorks), a member of the Dramatists’ Guild of America and a National Member of the Playwrights Center.
Carpenter’s screenplays have been nominated for an Academy Award (student short drama category) and have won Best Short Drama awards at New York, Long Island and Houston International Film Festivals. She is currently shopping the political drama Conscience & Grace and her country and western dance comedy Turkey, Texas.
Carpenter has published five young adult novels/anthologies with Random House, served as an editor and story consultant at Paramount Pictures, and her literary fiction has received the Ed Moses Fiction Prize and the Phi Kappa Phi. She has published regionally in journals and magazines such as the Southern California Anthology, New Mexico Magazine, What Magazine, Journal of Truth or Consequence, Not Drowning, Waving, the Starfish, and the Madrid Canary. Her work has been read at the Center for Contemporary Arts (Santa Fe), Little Frida's (Los Angeles), and the Engine House Theatre (Madrid, NM).