Deputy Editorial Director
Toccara Castleman in a black and blue, sleeved dress with head resting in one hand against a red background.

Toccara Castleman is a writer, actress and editor with 15 years of storytelling experience in a variety of mediums including: theatre, digital media, print journalism and education. She is proudly from the South Side of Chicago. 

A graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Toccara has worked with brands such as NBCUniversal (SYFY Channel and USA Network, 2020 Emmy ® Winner Interactive Extension of a Linear Program, USA Network/Mr. Robot), Time Inc. ( and Uptown Media Group (UPTOWN Magazine).

Toccara is committed to having a sense of humor, speaking in the first person (except when she is asked to write a bio about herself) and telling stories where Black people and other marginalized — yet deeply and vastly beautiful — communities are always central to the narrative, nuanced and loved. For more, visit: