In 2007 she won the Showcase Award in the Annual Sydney Cabaret Showcase, and the following year appeared in the Short, Sweet + Song festival– for which she received a Best Actress nomination. In 2008, Marika starred in three lead roles for Kookaburra: The National Musical Theatre Company’s productions of popular musicals I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Changeand Songs for A New World and The Emperor’s New Clothes. She is regularly asked to headline at large scale benefit evenings such as the Sydney Theatre Company All-Star Cabaret,Hats Off for World AIDS day, Light The Night & ACON Concerts.
In 2009 she performed her critically acclaimed solo show CAUTION: Aggressive Birds, which saw her named Best Cabaret Performer 2009. Marika appears on the Generation WhY? album with Hayden Tee and has recorded ‘Meadowlark’ on the second Showqueen Sessions Live CD.
In 2010, Marika premiered REDHEAD in a sell-out season at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival and toured to the famous cabaret room Don’t Tell Mama in New York City. Whilst at The Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Marika performed alongside Natalie Cole, Donna McKechnie, & Caroline O’Connor in the Opening Night Gala Concert and worked with Liz Callaway & Stephen Schwartz in a concert of his work Stephen Schwartz & Friends. REDHEAD then toured to Newcastle, Sydney and the Noosa Long Weekend Festival. Marika was nominated for a GLUG award for ‘Best Actress in a Musical or Cabaret’ for her performance in REDHEAD.
Marika understudied Rachel Beck in the national Australian Tour of Jason Robert Brown Live in Concert, as well as working with internationally renowned composers Georgia Stitt & John Bucchino in Concert (Bris & Syd). Marika was honoured to join the workshop cast of James Millar & Pete Rutherford’s A Little Touch of Chaos in 2011, playing Sue, before being cast opposite Rob Mills, as Cathy in The Last Five Years. The Last Five Years received the honour of being nominated for ‘Best Musical’ at The Sydney Theatre Awards in 2011.
Marika re-visited the role of Titania in A Midsummer Nights Dream in Centennial Park, before an engagement as the celebrity host of Sing-a-long Sound of Music at The State Theatre. Most recently, Marika performed a night of new song material for the Slide Cabaret Festival 2012 – The First Draft of Something New and was nominated for ‘Best Cabaret Performance’ GLUG Award for this show. Marika then co-wrote and co-produced and performed in 12 Songs to Save Your Life (nominated for ‘Best Cabaret’ 2013 Glug Award) as well as the Newcastle cabaret season ofKeep Coming Back.
A long standing member of Actor’s Equity in both Australia and the UK, Marika also serves to coach and instruct young actor’s at The Australian Theatre for Young People, regularly running masterclasses in Musical Theatre and Acting. In 2013, ‘How We Do What We Do‘ an actor profile series written by Marika was launched on popular national industry website www.aussietheatre.com.au
Marika played the role of Head Nurse in the Lincoln Center production of South Pacific, touring Australia. Her solo show The Last of The Red Hot Mamas premiered at The 2013 Adelaide Cabaret Festival and continued to tour around Australia in 2013 and 2014.
Marika received high acclaim and garnered incredible reviews for her role in Miracle City at Hayes Theatre Co.
She starred in Squabbalogic’s production of Man Of La Mancha, which played at Seymour Centre March 2015.
Her EP, REDHEAD is available to buy now on iTunes.
From 2015 Marika starred as Mrs Wormwood in the hugely successful 2 year Australian tour of Matilda The Musical. She is currently featuring in the US national tour of Come From Away.