Toccarra Cash cannot be confined to one role. Her résumé proves it.
The New York-based, award-winning actress has been acting for over ten years, with credits including Netflix’s Original film First Match, and CBS’ Blue Bloods. Most recently, she’s made her Broadway debut as “Annie” in The Play That Goes Wrong.
Though her many talents are endless, it’s her passion for fostering change behind-the-scenes that make her more than just an actress. Toccarra is multidimensional.
“I was “bitten by the bug” (as they say )when I was 13. My [high school] English teacher suggested I audition for [a role] in The Little Shop of Horrors,” Toccarra told TNJ. “But it wasn’t until Spelman College, that with the encouragement and guidance of my mentor, and fabulous actor, Crystal Dickinson—that I started to consider it professionally.”
For Toccarra, theatre is the foundation – it’s where she’s spent majority of her acting career.
In 2018, Toccarra performed in the critically-acclaimed & widely-produced play Skeleton Crew by Dominique Morrisseau at the Tony-Award winning Huntington Theatre Company in Boston. From this performance, she was nominated for an Elliot Norton/Boston Theatre Critics Association Award for Outstanding Actress.
Portraying as many characters as possible is of the utmost importance to the actress. It’s the driving force that fuels her desire to breathe as much truth into every role she plays.
“We’re all constantly code-switching, and portraying that onscreen/onstage just takes that one step further,” she admitted.
In some cases, taking it one step further means shining light on the industry’s flaws like the underrepresentation of women of color. Crediting shows like Scandal and films like Black Panther for moving the needle forward, Toccarra says there’s still work that needs to be done.
“We’re all no stranger to the fact that women of color are very seldom cast as leads in both film and television,” she said. “And even less if we’re talking about darker-skinned women of color.”
“I think the biggest thing I’m noticing now is that while I’m seeing a tad more women of color represented in terms of complexion, I’m not seeing much variation in body size and unconventional features.”
When she’s not in-character, Toccarra leads her own organization that she says was inspired by the role social media plays in the lives of young women.
With The Image Monster, Toccarra works with college-aged women of color to address the damage that social media causes on self-esteem through improvisational drama, writing, facilitated discussion and interactive activities.
“Inspiring the next generation is literally one of the main reasons why I feel I’m here on this earth. It’s really why I feel we’re all here in one way or another,” she said. Adding, “To make sure [people of color] know that they matter; that they can excel; that they are good at something.”
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