Stavroula Toska is a multi-award-winning writer, director, actress and content creatrix, known for pushing boundaries through her unique storytelling and POV. Her works have received global recognition, including top honors from the New York Women in Film and Television. Her passion, focus, leadership and work ethic have led to collaborations with industry veterans such as Academy Award winner Olympia Dukakis and Emmy winner Cady McClain. Stavroula's latest project, SWITCH, is a 13-time-award-winning scripted web series based on her years of working as a dominatrix in New York City. She is currently developing SWITCH into long form episodic and writing her first book about her experiences during those years. Season 1 of the web series is available at www.switchtheseries.com
Stavroula founded The Toska Matrix Productions as her vehicle for sharing untold stories and crafting work that taps into the essence of who we really are, exploring trauma and healing while entertaining and educating. Some of her most notable works include her multi award winning directorial debut, Beneath the Olive Tree - a feature documentary narrated by Academy Award winner Olympia Dukakis, IN THE VICE, The Sounding, PRONOIA, Livin' the Dream and more.
She splits her time between Los Angeles and New York City, and serves as a mentor for underserved youth at Reel Works, is on the board of the Hellenic Film Society USA and Film Fatales, and advocates for victims of domestic violence.www.thetoskamatrix.com
SWITCH*, the groundbreaking and much talked about drama series based on a true story, follows a group of women working in the BDSM industry (Bondage, Discipline, Sadism/Submission, Masochism) as they navigate leading a double life, the struggle for power, identity, ambition, trauma, love and family.
The series' season 1 introduces us to Stella (Stavroula Toska), a broken woman with a dark past who begins training as a dominatrix at Athena’s Temple aka The Temp, New York’s most exclusive BDSM Establishment. Through Stella’s eyes we meet the women and men who inhabit this underground world and Elizabeth (Academy Award winner Olympia Dukakis), the woman who built an empire out of the BDSM industry and who will soon change the course of Stella's life.
The series also stars two-time Emmy winner Cady McClain, Emmy-nominee Jon Lindstrom, Mark Borkowski, India Ennenga, Bobby Daniel Rodriguez, Eleni Yiovas, Catherine Eaton, Gabriel Furman, Alicia Greene, Alexis Braxton, Yukiko Miyawaki and more.
Series directed by: Stavroula Toska, Cady McClain, Laurie Weltz, Katie Maguire.
Available now exclusively on www.switchtheseries.com