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May Masterclass: Developing Memorable Characters with Charo Toledo
May 27 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm$25
Stories define reality. In Hollywood, it is rare to find a show or film that truly reflects who we are as bicultural Latinos. When I was acting, the only parts for Latinas were maids and prostitutes. Unfortunately, these tropes still follow us today. The lack of authentic characters in Hollywood is the main reason why I stopped acting and wrote my first play, The Princess Within. TPW was a series of monologues – detailing the different personalities I developed from the different men I dated. Writing monologues is a fun, short way for performers and young writers to dip their toes in the writing pool. We can’t ask others to tell our authentic Latinx stories. We must be empowered by telling our own.
This master class will allow the participants to write a memorable 60-second monologue from his/her/their unique Latinx perspective.
Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Award-winning bilingual writer/producer, Charo Toledo has nearly two decades of experience in the entertainment industry working on a variety of projects for film, television and theater. While pursuing her career as a writer, Toledo also worked for the DEA for five years as a linguist and intelligence analyst. Toledo has worked in the general market and Latino market both in scripted and non-scripted shows. From 2018-2019, she was a consulting producer for Facebook’s Confetti Mexico, a live trivia game show for Mexico. Confetti Mexico was the number one show on Facebook Watch with more than 7.4 Million followers and 800K players daily. In 2017, Toledo produced the mega hit Univision show La Reina de la Canción, whose ratings beat Dancing with the Stars and The Voice on its premiere. In 2015-16, Toledo was the consulting producer for NBC Universo’s El Vato, an International Emmy winner. This global hit can now be seen on Netflix.
Toledo was a writer/producer of the highly acclaimed Hulu hit series, East Los High. Toledo received a 2015 Sentinel Award, Impact Award and five Emmy Award nominations for her work on the series. Her film credits include co-writing/co-producing the romantic musical comedy, Pop Star, and the outrageous East Side Story. This independent production was a festival favorite, receiving more than ten awards. In 2009, she received a GLAAD Award for her work on East Side Story. Toledo is currently pitching several scripted and non-scripted projects around town including Dirty Beauty Queens in association with Freedom Studios and an animated comedy, The Alien and Me with Producer, Lynette Coll.