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 acted in off-Broadway plays and student films before realizing that working behind the camera and telling stories was way meaningful and 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 and countless festival in the US and around the globe. Stavroula has managed to build a reputation for authentic storytelling, pushing boundaries, and for 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.
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 15-time award-winning series based on Stavroula's years of working as a professional dominatrix in New York City.
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, 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 professional dominatrix.
Stavroula is 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's 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. Stavroula 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 victims of domestic violence.
STAVROULA TOSKA. WRITER. DIRECTOR. ACTOR. CREATRIX. SHOWRUNNER. PUBLIC SPEAKER. AUTHOR.