A familiar face on Australian stages, Gretel Scarlett is best known as starring as Kathy Selden in Australia's Singin' In The Rain (Equity: DAINTY GROUP, MICHAEL CASSEL, DAVID ATKINS, LUNCHBOX PRODUCTIONS) and also as the lead role of Sandy, opposite Rob Mills, in the Australian production of Grease (Equity: David Ian Productions, GFO). She can also be heard on Universal Music Australia’s original cast recording of Grease the Musical.
Gretel was cast in the first official musical return since Covid-19 of Pippin (Equity: GFO) at the Sydney Lyric Theatre where she understudied and played the roles of Catherine and Fastrada. She then joined the Australian cast of Disney's Frozen (Equity: Disney Theatricals) at Sydney's Capitol Theatre to understudy Jemma Rix as the lead role of Elsa.
Gretel's past credits include appearing as the Witch's Mother as well as understudying and performing the roles of Elphaba and Nessarose in the 2010-2012 Australian and Asian productions of Wicked (Equity: Universal, GFO) in Australia, Singapore and Korea. She was cast as the role of Sal in the 2009 Australian production of Breast Wishes (Equity: Bien-Etre), as well as understudying and performing the main juvenile lead roles of Sophie Sheridan, Ali and Lisa in the 2009-2010 10th Anniversary tour of Mamma Mia! (Equity: Littlestar, LWAA). Gretel also starred in the role of Sally in Matthew Lee Robinson's production of Happy People.
Having graduated in 2008 from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) with a Bachelor of Arts (Music Theatre), she was the recipient of the prestigious 'Leslie Anderson Award' for the best overall Showcase Performance, The Hal Leonard Award and the 2007 Finley Award for the Most Outstanding contribution to the Music Theatre course. Throughout her career, Gretel has also continued her studies at various institutions such as Screen Acting at Tom McSweeney’s Warehouse, Ben Ratner’s Haven Studios in Vancouver, Canada, Brave Studios Melbourne and was selected as a participant in the 2014 Masterclass with Howard Fine and David Coury at the Howard Fine Acting Studio. She has recently returned from the USA, after studying Method Acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in Los Angeles under the guidance of Sharon Angela & MJ Karmi, and attending workshops and classes in New York, Utah, Boston and at the renowned Broadway Dance Centre in New York City.
Gretel has received a Certificate of Distinction in Vocal Pedagogy from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, as well as currently completing her Level I, II & III of Somatic Voicework™ at the LoVetri Institute in conjunction with Baldwin Wallace University.
Other notable credits also include; performing the Australian National Anthem at the 2013 NRL State of Origin at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium, ACMF Duets concert at Sydney's Capitol Theatre, regular guest on Channel 7’s The Morning Show, Mornings on 9, Channel 7's Carols in the Domain, the Helpmann Awards, Light The Night, Singapore Tourism Board and the Victorian Women in the Arts Luncheon. Another of Gretel's major career highlights was performing a special duet of 'For Good' from Wicked with Tony® and Emmy Award® winning actress Kristin Chenoweth, at Melbourne's Hamer Hall. Gretel was also selected as a Finalist in the 3rd Inaugural ANZ Trustees Rob Guest Endowment Award.
Having danced upon the stage all her life, learning extensively in all facets of dance, such as Tap, Jazz, Contemporary and Ballet, Gretel went onto to study fulltime Classical Ballet at Alegria Dance Studios. She completed her final Advanced RAD Classical Examination (ARAD) as well as Cecchetti Ballet and A.D.A. (formerly F.A.T.D.) Tap and Jazz. Additionally, Gretel has completed her Trinity College of London & AMEB Classical Voice and Speech & Drama Examinations and has been trained extensively and attended workshops under the guidance of vocal coaches such as Patricia Oertel, Liz Pascoe, Jeanie Lovetri, Michael Lavine, Griffith Frank, David Young and Stephen Amos, as well as delving into Fitzmaurice, Rodenberg and Berry work under the tutelage of David Coury, Andrea Odinov, Leith McPherson and Julia Moody.
In 2015, Gretel released her debut solo album titled 'Hopelessly Devoted' which is available online via Spotify, iTunes, GooglePlay and via her website.
Gretel is a proud member of MEAA Equity Australia since 2008 and is now a permanent resident of the USA, currently residing in New York City.