BIO

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Stavroula Toska was born and raised in Sindos, a small town in 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 producing, writing and directing.  She founded The Toska Matrix Productions as her vehicle for producing and sharing deeply meaningful human stories and crafting work that taps into the essence of who we really are, explores trauma and healing while entertaining and educating. Her works have been supported by Sundance Institute, Women Make Movies, Jerome Foundation, Chicken + Egg Pictures, NYSCA​, National Arts Club and more.  Her films 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 and countless more festivals in the US and around the globe. 
 
Stavroula has built a reputation as a compelling storyteller, someone who loves going into unexplored worlds and revealing different aspects of human nature from a unique and truly authentic POV.  Her Greek-Italian and Romaniot Jewish roots are evident in the passionate, spirited and methodic way she approaches her work.  

Her films have received more than 70 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, SWITCHThe Sounding, Leylak, Jihad Rehab, In The Vice, Pronoia, Livin' The DreamThe New Abolitionists, and A Photographic Memory.   

Before working in film Stavroula traveled the world and held various jobs that taught her a lot about life, human nature and herself.  She 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.
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                    STAVROULA TOSKA.  PRODUCER.  writer.  director.  pitch consultant & Developer.