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Stavroula Toska was born and raised in Sindos, a small town near Thessaloniki, Greece. She moved to New York City to study at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and went on to act in off-Broadway plays and student films before launching her own production company and turning her focus on writing, directing and producing.
Before working in film and television, Stavroula traveled the world and worked as a private tutor, executive assistant at a PR firm, waitress, restaurant hostess, movie theatre manager, and a professional dominatrix in New York City. She founded The Toska Matrix Productions as her vehicle for sharing deeply meaningful human stories and crafting work that taps into the essence of who we really are. Her works have been supported by Sundance Institute, Women Make Movies, Jerome Foundation, Chicken + Egg Pictures, NYSCA, National Arts Club and more, and have premiered and received international acclaim including multiple awards and honors from New York Women in Film and Television, Sundance Film Festival, Tribeca Festival, Palm Beach International Film Festival, Flickers Rhode Island International Film
Festival, Warsaw Film Festival and many more in the US and around the globe. Stavroula has built a reputation as a compelling storyteller, someone who loves diving into unexplored worlds and revealing different aspects of human nature from a unique and truly authentic POV. Her films have received more than 80 awards in the US and abroad. Some of her most notable works include the feature documentary Beneath the Olive Tree - narrated and executive produced by Academy Award winner Olympia Dukakis, SWITCH - a web series based on her research and experiences working as professional Dominatrix in New York City, The UnRedacted (fka Jihad Rehab), The Sounding, Leylak, In The Vice, Pronoia, Livin' The Dream, The New Abolitionists, and A Photographic Memory.
Stavroula has served as a mentor for underserved youth at Reel Works in New York and has volunteered her time as a companion for children with special needs at the St. Demetrios Institution for Children and Adults with Special Needs in Thessaloniki, Greece. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Film Society USA, as the New York Events Director for Film Fatales New York, and advocates for survivors of domestic violence.
STAVROULA TOSKA. writer. director. PRODUCER.
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