Arika is a Gregory Award winner in the category of Outstanding Performance in a Musical for her portrayal of whip-smart Little Sally in The 5th Avenue/ACT Theatre’s co-production of Urinetown. She is also a Gypsy Rose Lee nominee for her professional-debut as Little Red in Village Theatre’s Into the Woods directed by Kathryn Van Meter.

Last summer Arika workshopped the character of Vee in Modern, a new musical that tells the stories of a group of Amish teenagers on their Rumspringa as they find the balance between tradition and progress and as they, ultimately, decide if they will return home or stay in the “modern” world. With book/lyrics/music by Selda Sahin & Derek Gregor, and directed by Jessica Spencer as a part of Village Theatre’s Festival of New Musicals.

When not performing, Arika spends her free time taking care of her many plant children, drinking cold brew, and hunting for treasure at the thrift store.

On-camera Arika can be seen in commercials for AT&T Samsung and The Committee for Children.

Arika is represented by The Actor’s Group.


Annelle Dupuy-Desoto in Steel Magnolias at Taproot Theatre Co.

Steel Magnolias at Taproot Theatre
Photo Courtesy of Robert Wade
"Matoba with her lament on being perfect is ... well ... perfect" - Jay Irwin Broadway World


Gregory Award Winner

Arika won the 2019 Gregory Award in the category of Outstanding Performance in a Musical.



"Ok. Hands down, this woman steals the show with every scene she is in. Ms. Matoba looks like a tiny innocent creature but her stage presence is strong and delivers a wallop. [Little Sally] appears sweet dripping with the innocent sarcasm of a jaded kewpie doll, and yet hers is the character delivering some of the best lines of the show. Brava, Ms. Matoba, Brava!" - Eric Andrew-Katz Equality 365


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