The Staff

Lori Stokes, Founder and Artistic Director

lori.starstruck@gmail.com

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.

Courtney Stokes, Digital Marketing and Programming Director

cstokes.starstruck@gmail.com, Education.StarStruck@gmail.com

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.

Anthony Wickizer, Production Manager

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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

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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.

Teaching Artists

Nancy Godfrey, Music Director

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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.

Hilary Ann Stevens, Teaching Artist

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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, Teaching Artist

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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.

Juliane Godfrey, Teaching Artist

Juliane Godfrey grew up on the StarStruck stage. After graduating from UCLA, Juliane moved to New York where she has had great success in SpongeBob Squarepants the Broadway Musical (Dance Captain, Original Cast) 1st National Tour: Something Rotten (US Bea/Ensemble), Revival Tour: My Fair Lady (Ensemble). Pre-Broadway: The SpongeBob Musical (DC/Swing). NY/Regional: Workshops of Disney's Frozen; Irving Berlin's Top Hat; Holiday Inn (Goodspeed/Muny); Volleygirls (Katie, NYMF "Best of Fest"); and many more at Goodspeed, Arena Stage, Paper Mill.

Camden Gonzalez, Teaching Artist

Camden Gonzales is an actress, singer, dancer, and choreographer based in New York City. She holds a BA in Musical Theater from UCLA and has been the Dance Captain and Swing for Groundhog Day (Broadway, Original Cast), Matilda the Musical (1st National Tour) and the And Peggy Company of Hamilton in her hometown of San Francisco.

Kristin Stokes, Teaching Artist

Kristin Stokes is a StarStruck alumni! She takes great pride in making her Broadway debut as Annabeth in The Lightning Thief, having been with the show since its first workshop, both off-Broadway runs (Lortel nomination, original cast recording) and the national tour. Other credits include The Battle of Little Jo (Kate) at Two River Theatre, Agent 355 (Anna/Simco) at the Musical Theatre Factory, Fly By Night (Miriam) at the Dallas Theatre Center and most recently Miller and Tysen's Revival (Lena Hanson) at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. https://www.kristinstokes.com/

Molly Anderson, Teaching Artist

Molly Anderson is so excited to be a teaching artist at Starstruck Theatre! She first started working here in 2019 when she Music Directed “A Year with Frog and Toad: Junior” at the summer camps. Previously, Molly has worked on shows such as Disney’s A Little Mermaid: Junior, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and Legally Blonde. Her favorite show she has been a part of is The Music Man (Ensemble). Currently, Molly is studying to earn a degree in Music Education from Azusa Pacific University.

Additional Broadway Masterclass instructors have included James Monroe Iglehart (Disney's Aladdin, Hamilton), Megan McGinnis (Little Women, Beauty and the Beast, Side Show), Jane Bruce (Jagged Little Pill), Christine Bunuan (Miss Saigon National Tour), Anthony Chatmon II (Be More Chill, Hadestown), Jeffrey Lo, Charlie Murphy, Sara King, Dawn Troupe Masi and more!

Board of Directors

Helen Chang, an East Bay resident most of her life, has lived in Fremont since 1993. Professionally, she is associate director of communications at Stanford Graduate School of Business. A mother of two adult sons, she first became involved in StarStruck as a parent volunteer when her youngest was cast in StarStruck’s production of The Music Man. Helen joined the Board in 2010.
Tami Golobic is a small business owner, wife and mother of three. In her role as co-owner/secretary at Golobic Construction, she is responsible for accounting, marketing, payroll and sales. Tami has been a volunteer and board member at her children’s schools for 25 years, as well as on the Board of Directors for Little League and Baylands Raceway Club. She enjoys spending time with kids and helping them grow, and loves theatre, racing, dogs and family time. Tami has been on the StarStruck Board since 2017.
Jennifer Toy Harrison has been a resident of Fremont since 1977, and is an active community member. With a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science and Geography, she currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Union Sanitary District and is a Commissioner on the East Bay Dischargers Authority. In addition, Jennifer serves on the Ohlone College Foundation. She is a mother to two teenage boys, and has been actively involved with StarStruck Theatre as a parent volunteer from 2010-2018, and board member from 2018-present. Jennifer is happy that her son has found a supportive, talented, and nurturing environment that has allowed him to express his creative side, while making some cherished friends at StarStruck Theatre.
Joe Lee, a Fremont resident since 1985, has been an active StarStruck parent for ten years and on StarStruck's Board of Directors since 2017. Prior to joining StarStruck's Board, he was an active volunteer at his children's school and was the President of Gomes Elementary PTA, a non-profit organization under the National PTA. Professionally, Joe is the Director of Sales at SK Hynix focusing on automotive business and strategy. He holds both BS and MS in Engineering from Purdue, an MBA from Cornell, and an MS Law degree from Northwestern Law School.
Rick Kowalski recently retired after 37 years with the U.S. Coast Guard Civil Engineering office. Rick became involved with StarStruck after a classmate invited his daughter Emily to join the 2009 auditions for The Wizard of Oz. He was thrilled for her to be part of the positive environment at StarStruck over the next 10 years and 21 shows. Rick and his wife Marlene remain closely connected to StarStruck to help ensure that children - from all walks of life - can have the same opportunities their daughter had. They’ve formed close friendships while volunteering during the shows, fundraisers, and other events. Rick had the opportunity of a lifetime to step way out of his comfort zone and be a part of the choir in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Rick has served on the StarStruck Board since 2015.
Sherri Plaza is a long-time Fremont resident, who has been a StarStruck fan since 1999. After her daughter was cast in A Year with Frog and Toad (2006 – still one of her top favorite StarStruck shows), Sherri became even more impressed with StarStruck, and joined the Board of Directors. She has worked at local non-profits SAVE and LIFE ElderCare, and brings to the StarStruck board her experience in non-profit marketing, fundraising, and communications.
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.
Jon Williams first became involved with StarStruck in 2008 when his oldest son performed in 42nd Street. In addition to volunteering with set construction for each show, he joined the StarStruck Board of Directors in 2009. Jon has a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University. After a number of years in Engineering, he's held many positions, from Product Management to Mergers and Acquisitions to his current role in Business Development at Oracle Corporation. Jon has held volunteer positions with Boy Scouts of America and Mission San Jose High School's Boosters investment committee.

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.