Everything you’re about to watch truly happened, in New York City, a few short years ago…Names and identifying details have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals.

 

SWITCH*, the groundbreaking and much anticipated drama series based on a true story, follows a group of women working in the BDSM (Bondage, Discipline, Sadism/Submission, Masochism) industry 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 the world of BDSM and Elizabeth (Olympia Dukakis), the woman who built an empire out of the BDSM industry and who will soon change the course of Stella’s life.

 

Award winning writer/director/producer Stavroula Toska infiltrated Manhattan’s most exclusive BDSM Dungeon in order to explore the aspects of BDSM most people don’t talk about; the day-to-day running of a Dungeon business, the hiring, firing and training process of the women who work as dominatrixes and the clients (mostly men) who visit them every single day looking to escape their reality, make peace with their demons, heal their traumas, role-play their most secret fantasies, receive punishment for misbehaving and reveal the most vulnerable aspects of themselves.  This experiment was meant to last two weeks….what Toska didn’t realize at the time was that she had no idea what she was signing up for and that she was getting sucked down a rabbit hole.  

 

The series stars Stavroula Toska, Academy Award winner Olympia Dukakis, two-time Emmy winner Cady McClain, Emmy-nominee Jon Lindstrom, India Ennenga, Eleni Yiovas, Mark Borkowski, Bobby Daniel Rodriguez, Catherine Eaton, Katie Maguire, Alicia Greene, Gabriel Furman, Jessica DiGiovanni, Yukiko Miyawaki and more.

 

*Switch:  the act of adopting one policy or way of life.  In the BDSM world, a switch is a person who assumes the role of dominant or submissive depending on the role play she/he has agreed upon with their partner(s).