ARIKA MATOBA

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.

Arika is preparing for her next role as Annelle Dupuy-Desoto in Taproot Theatre’s Steel Magnolias playing this winter.

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.

CURRENTLY: 

Marcy Park in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee directed by Brandon Ivie at Village Theatre

Courtesy of Mark Kitaoka and Tracy Martin
"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.

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"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

A Sensible Cabaret

The Sensible Cabaret | SEA – October
$19.99 Advance Sale | $25.00 at the Door
Doors @ 7:00P | Cabaret Begins @ 8:00P

A Sensible Theatre Co. is partnering with Cafe Nordo’s ‘The Knife Room’ to bring you The Sensible Cabaret – Once a month, Every month – now hosted by the marvelously Queer AF Cassi Q Kohl!

On October 21st we’ll feature the hysterical Arika Matoba and the whimsical Ashley Koon! Doors open at 7:00pm, Cabaret proper starts at 8:00pm. 2 drink minimum not included in the ticket price.

*** Huge thank you to our Artist Sponsor, Greg Bowman ***

Click on the picture below for ticket link.

Courtesy of Pamela Higgins

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