A familiar face on Australian stages, she is best known as currently starring in the Leading lady role of Kathy Selden in Australia's Singin' In The Rain (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 (GFO). She can also be heard on Universal Music Australia’s cast recording of Grease the Musical.
Gretel's past credits include the role of Sal in the 2009 Australian production of Breast Wishes (Bien-Etre), understudying and performing the main juvenile lead roles of Sophie Sheridan, Ali and Lisa in the 2009-2010 10th Anniversary tour of Mamma Mia! (LWAA). She also appeared as the Witch's Mother in the 2010-2012 Australian and Asian productions of the award winning musical Wicked (Universal/GFO), as well as understudying and performing the roles of Elphaba and Nessarose in Australia, Singapore and Korea. In 2014, she also starred in the role of Sally in Matthew Lee Robinson's production of Happy People.
Having graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in 2008 after being awarded the prestigious 'Leslie Anderson Award' for the best overall Showcase Performance, The Hal Leonard Award and the 2007 Finley Award. Throughout her career, Gretel has also continued her studies at various institutions such as Screen Acting at Tom McSweeney’s Warehouse Workshop, 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.
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.