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 was awarded for bring down 300 pounds of meth.
Presently, Charo Toledo is a consulting producer for NBC Universo’s El Vato, a one-hour dramedy airing Sundays. For the past two seasons, Toledo was a writer/producer of the highly acclaimed Hulu hit series, East Los High. Toledo received a 2016 Impact Award, a 2015 Sentinel Award, and five Emmy Award nominations for her work on the series.
Film credits include co-writing/co-producing the romantic comedy, Pop Star and 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.
Most recently, Toledo completed the one-hour drama pilot, Ghost on the Line, inspired by her experiences at the DEA. She has written dozens of episodes for numerous television series including the ABC long-running daytime series, One Life to Live and Port Charles, and the Telemundo series, Mas Vale Tarde, Viva Vegas and Solo en America. Additionally, she has produced Camino a la Corona/ Miss Universe and the 2011 Latin Billboard Awards, Minuto Para Ganar for MundoFox and Noches con Platanito for Estrella TV; as well as writing and performing her critically acclaimed semi- autobiographical play, The Princess Within.
Growing up the middle child of a charming, disabled Ivy League lawyer in Puerto Rico taught me an important lesson: When there’s a will, there’s a way. A bilingual home, I watched Wonder Woman and 21 Jump Street after the eight o’clock telenovela, Los Ricos Tambien Lloran. Studying acting at the American Conservatory Theater helped me understand character, objective and motivation. Realizing there were no parts in Hollywood for educated tall bilingual Latinas, I wrote and produced my play, The Princess Within, about the personalities I developed with the different men I met.
That play started my writing career, penning award shows, sitcoms, telenovelas, Port Charles and projects for ABC. My mother’s battle with cancer took me away from the business. A year later, my language skillset brought me to translation and working for the DEA as an intelligence analyst taking down cartels. My adrenaline-pumped five- year experience with the DEA was heartbreaking, thrilling and humbling — and listening to how people of all races, ages and backgrounds really speak helped my writing.
I channel my intense life experiences into what I write. From domestic abuse on East Los High and winning
a Sentinel Award, to my interactions with the Mexican audience on Noches con Platanito, to consulting on NBC’s groundbreaking scripted show, El Vato. I’m grateful to be bicultural and bilingual. I create content that resonates in both markets. I’m on the pulse of what works in both.
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