Arika Matoba is a performer based in Seattle, Washington.
“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
“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. She was last seen as the whip-smart Little Sally in The 5th Avenue/ACT Theatre’s co-production of Urinetown.
On-camera Arika can be seen in commercials for AT&T Samsung and The Committee for Children.
This summer Arika will workshop 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, Modern will be directed by Jessica Spencer as a part of Village Theatre’s Festival of New Musicals.
Last summer Arika played 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 Fall, Arika will return to the Village Theatre stage as Marcy Park in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee directed by Brandon Ivie.
When not performing, Arika spends her free time taking care of her plant children, drinking coffee, and working as a Talent Manager at Gushcloud Talent Agency.
Arika is represented by The Actor’s Group.