A playwright, television writer, and producer, Carpenter created the 2016 miniseries “11.22.63” for Bad Robot and Hulu from Stephen King’s bestselling novel.
Prior to “11.22.63,” she wrote and co-executive-produced all five seasons of the Peabody Award-Winning series FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS. She also was a Co-Executive Producer for PARENTHOOD. Most recently, she was the Executive Producer/Showrunner for the Sundance Channel drama series THE RED ROAD.
Carpenter’s plays have been produced by Steppenwolf, the Public Theater, Berkeley Repertory Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and many other theaters across the country. She has written several songs for film (BASMATI BLUES; DEAR DUMB DIARY) and is currently writing Disney’s musical adaptation of FREAKY FRIDAY with Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, which will premiere in 2016.
Awards: a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Jerome Fellowship, a McKnight Grant, the Princess Grace Award, the Kesselring Prize, the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. WGA and Emmy nominations for FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS. Her plays FALL, UP and THE FACULTY ROOM are published by Samuel French.
An alumnae of New Dramatists, Carpenter received her BA and MFA from Brown University. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Chris Harrison, and their children, Rita and Henry.