Carpenter is a native of Colorado and a graduate of Denver School of the Arts. He attended New York University. Most recently, Eli directed WALL! A Thinly Veiled Metaphor for Our Current Political Landscape Disguised as a New American Musical for the Edinburgh, Scotland Fringe Festival. Previously, Eli has been an assistant director at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts working with directors Jenn Thompson, Sam Buntrock, and former Denver Center Artistic Director, Kent Thompson. Eli is a member of the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab in New York City. Throughout the appointment, Eli will split his time between Trinidad, Denver, and New York in an effort to draw artists from across the nation to Trinidad, Colorado.