Stavroula Toska was born and raised in Sindos, a small town in Thessaloniki, Greece. She moved to New York 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, producing and directing. Her works have received international acclaim including multiple awards and honors from New York Women in Film and Television as well as countless festivals in the US and around the globe.
Stavroula has managed to build a reputation for authentic storytelling, pushing boundaries, and exploring human nature from a unique and authentic POV. Her Greek-Italian and Romanian Jewish roots are evident in the passionate, spirited and methodic way she approaches her work.
Before working in film Stavroula traveled the world and held various jobs that taught her a lot about life, human nature and herself. She's worked as a trip sitter, wedding planner, office manager, private tutor, waitress, restaurant hostess and manager, she did quality control for ADP/Paine Webber, celebrity personal assistant, in sales, was the first woman and immigrant to hold the General Manager position at The Paris Theatre in New York City, and a dominatrix.
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.
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 Events Director for Film Fatales New York, and advocates for survivors of domestic violence.