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.
Marcy Park in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee directed by Brandon Ivie at Village Theatre
"Matoba with her lament on being perfect is ... well ... perfect" - Jay Irwin Broadway World