The Staff

Lori Stokes, Founder and Artistic Director

Lori Stokes started StarStruck (formerly known as Kids on Broadway) in 1995. She is a San Diego State University graduate, receiving her B.A. Degree in Theatre Arts. Through her 25 plus years at StarStruck she has directed over 45 productions and has received numerous awards including the Alameda County Arts Commission Special Recognition Award for her “Leadership in the Arts”. Some of her favorite shows at StarStruck include A Little Princess, Les Miserables, Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan and most recently Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Footloose, and Newsies. She has been married for over 35 years and has three children. All of her children have been involved in StarStruck, and her two daughters have moved on to enjoy professional careers in theatre as well. She is proud of all her “kids” who have participated at StarStruck and feels very honored to have played a role in their lives.

Nancy Godfrey, Music Director

Nancy Bitar Godfrey has had the pleasure of serving as musical director for StarStruck Theatre since 2003. Piano is her first love; she has played and studied since she was six, and has accompanied for many theatrical and choral performances. She sang and toured with Heinz Chapel Choir in college, and has directed her church choir for many years. The music of Broadway gives her a special thrill, and there are no moments more treasured for her than when the house lights go to half, and she strikes up the band for Star Struck. Nancy received her Bachelors of Science in Biology from her hometown University of Pittsburgh, where she also continued piano, choral, and music theory studies. She earned her Medical Degree from University of Pennsylvania and completed her surgical residency training at Tulane University in New Orleans, where she met her husband Richard and moved to California. They had busy surgical practices for many years and raised two wonderful children here in Fremont, not to mention numerous pets. Her daughter Juliane is one of many StarStruck alumni who have continued on into professional performing careers. Nancy is now retired from surgical practice, so she has even more time to devote to music directing and teaching classes at StarStruck, her second home.

Anthony Wickizer, Production Manager

Anthony Wickizer found his love for theatre shortly after leaving High School. From there he has worked with several companies around the Bay Area and has received an A.A. in Live Event Management from Ohlone College. He is fortunate enough to have found a home at StarStruck where has worked primarily as their Production Stage Manager since 2007. Working behind the scenes, Anthony enjoys that he has been able to help bring the StarStruck Directors’ visions to the stage.


Irina Tselikova, Box Office Manager

Irina Tselikova joined StarStruck staff in 2011, first as an Administrative Assistant, and then becoming Box Office Manager in 2015. She was a faithful StarStruck audience member starting in 2005, and then a parent volunteer when both her children got involved in StarStruck.

Irina graduated from Russian State Medical University in Moscow, Russia with an MD degree, and immigrated to the US soon thereafter. She was a stay-at-home mom and a volunteer for public schools and after-school organizations her children have been a part of. Before joining StarStruck staff, she worked as a contractor for Google Ads Quality Rating Team.

Marilyn Williams, Managing Director

Marilyn Williams fell in love with StarStruck as a parent volunteer when her oldest son started performing in shows in 2008. She joined the Board of Directors in 2009, assuming responsibility for running the Box Office. One thing led to another and she joined the staff in 2011 as Business Manager, eventually becoming Managing Director in 2015. She is happy putting her business background to work in such a fun and supportive environment where kids do amazing things every day.

She holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Cal State Hayward and worked for 17+ years in the tech industry in Sales and Operations positions, most recently at Adobe Systems. She is a life-long volunteer and has spent several decades volunteering for various organizations including Washington Hospital, Music for Minors II, Boy Scouts of America and serving on the Board of Directors for PTA and Boosters organizations.

Hilary Ann Stevens, Education Manager/Teaching Artist,

Hilary comes to California from Salisbury, Connecticut. She has been part of the StarStruck family since 2012. A graduate of Shenandoah Conservatory/University, she holds a B.F.A. in Theatre for Youth with a minor in Voice. Before moving to the Bay Area, Hilary taught youth at Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach, Florida and Indian River Community College. She now works with various theatres in the Bay Area as an actress and director. Favorite performance credits include: To Kill a Mockingbird, Around the World in 80 Days (Aouda), Inherit the Wind (Rachel), Damn Yankees (Gloria), Man of La Mancha (Aldonza). Favorite directing credits include: The Witches, Deathtrap, The Mousetrap, Jane Eyre, High School Musical, Willy Wonka, 101 Dalmatians and A Thousand Cranes.

Courtney Stokes, Digital Marketing and On-line Programming Director,

Courtney Stokes graduated with honors from University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre. She is a proud member of Actor’s Equity that has helped to create several new musicals with composers such as Stephen Schwartz, Adam Gwon, and Andrew Lippa. As a performer, Courtney has toured Japan with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra in Disney On Classic, studied improv with The Upright Citizen’s Brigade NYC, and sailed around the world as a Guest Vocalist for Princess Cruises. She has played leading roles with Florida Studio Theatre, Mason Street Warehouse, Kansas City Starlight, The York Theatre Company, TheatreWorks, and can even be found singing “Popular” on the original cast recording of Stephen Schwartz’s new magical review: Magic to Do. After 6 years of traveling and living in NYC, Courtney is so thankful to be back home at StarStruck Theatre and to once again be part of the incredible place where she first started performing at the age of six.