Arika Matoba is an actor, singer, and dancer based in Seattle, Washington.
“The stand out though [in Into the Woods] is Arika Matoba who is able to present Red Ridinghood’s lines with dry humor and perfect comedic timing and yet still remain innocent.” – Jeffrey Totey Best of Seattle
“[One of the] most impressive performers in this very solid cast [was] new graduate Arika Matoba as Red Ridinghood, who showed a terrific ability for deadpan comedy – a skill that is maybe not teachable.” – Miryam Gordon Seattle Gay News
Arika is a Gypsy Rose Lee nominee for her professional-debut role of Little Red in Village Theatre’s Into the Woods directed by Kathryn Van Meter. Arika has had the honor of originating the role of Tomiko Hashimoto in Nihonjin Face by Janet Hayakawa and Tere Martinez for it’s West Coast premiere in 2017 and again in it’s East Coast premiere at NYU’s New Play Festival last spring. On-camera Arika can be seen in commercials for AT&T Samsung and The Committee for Children.
This summer Arika ran around the city as an artist in two staged readings with The Scratch: Seattle Workshop Series produced by Andrew Garrett in association with Umbrella Project and The Commonground, as Amira in the 29-Hour Reading of the new musical Abraham’s Land with music by Pulitzer-nominated composer Roger Ames, and as Heidi Meyerhausen in Hansel & Gretl & Heidi & Günter in Village Theatre’s Festival of New Musicals under the direction of Tony Award Winner Victoria Clark.
UP NEXT: This Spring, Arika will make her ACT Theatre debut as Little Sally in The 5th Avenue Theatre/ACT Theatre’s Co-Production of Urinetown directed by Bill Berry.
When not performing Arika spends her free time taking care of her plant children, drinking coffee, and watching episodes of Parks & Recreation.
Arika is represented by The Actor’s Group.