Stavroula Toska was born and raised in Sindos, a small town in Northern Greece. She moved to New York to study at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and acted in off-Broadway plays before realizing that stepping behind the scenes and the camera to tell her own stories was way more satisfying.
She has received multiple awards and honors for her work as a writer, director, actor and producer, including top honors at the New York Women in Film and Television Festival, the Santa Fe Film Festival and many more. Stavroula has managed to build a reputation for authentic storytelling, pushing boundaries, and for exploring human nature from a unique POV. Her Greek-Italian and Romanian Jewish roots are evident in the passionate, spirited and methodic way she approaches her work.
Some of her most notable works include the feature documentary Beneath the Olive - narrated and executive produced by Academy Award winner Olympia Dukakis, The Sounding, In The Vice, Pronoia, Livin' The Dream, Monsters, The New Abolitionists, A Photographic Memory and SWITCH;the 14-time award-winning series based on Stavroula's years of working as a professional dominatrix in New York City.
Before working in film Stavroula held various jobs that opened many doors, paid the bills, and taught her much about life, human nature and herself. She's worked as a waitress, a restaurant hostess and manager, she did quality control for ADP/Paine Webber, personal assistant, catering, sales, trip sitter, wedding planner, office manager, became the first woman to hold the General Manager position at The Paris Theatre, and a professional dominatrix.
Stavroula is also a published author, currently working on her memoir and adapting her multi award-winning web series SWITCH into long form episodic. She founded The Toska Matrix Productions as her vehicle for sharing untold stories with the world and crafting work that taps into the essence of who we really are, exploring trauma and healing while entertaining and educating.
Giving back to her community in any way possible is of extreme importance to Stavroula. She serves as a mentor for underserved youth at Reel Works in New York, on the board of directors of the Hellenic Film Society USA, as the Events Director for Film Fatales, and advocates for victims of domestic violence.
STAVROULA TOSKA. WRITER. DIRECTOR. ACTOR. CREATRIX. SHOWRUNNER. PUBLIC SPEAKER. AUTHOR.