Welcome to Bright Star Touring Theatre!
Bright Star Touring Theatre is a national touring theatre company based in Asheville, NC. Our mission is simple: to challenge, engage, and delight audiences all over the world. We have performed for schools and communities large and small from Seattle, WA to Moscow, Russia. From 2000 seat theatres overlooking Manhattan’s skyline to school cafeterias and libraries, no audience is too large or small. We have over 70 different shows in rotation covering topics like Classic Literature, Health and Wellness, Holidays, STEM, Diversity and Inclusion, Bully Prevention, Cyber Safety, and Social-Emotional Learning.
In 2002, Bright Star launched its first touring production of A Dickens Tale, our two-person version of the Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol,” which was followed up with The Lady of Bullyburg in 2003. Seeing a need for more programming that told diverse stories, Bright Star began offering Black History shows in 2005, beginning with Heroes of the Underground Railroad. Now in our 19th season, Bright Star is excited to have programs touring all across the country – from the Florida Keys to the Seattle Space Needle.
In response to the global Covid-19 pandemic, Bright Star began to offer online shows, and now has a full host of pre-recorded online programming that sponsors can book by the show or as a subscription to all of the programs. Bright Star is committed to the vitality of the live theatre industry, and, every year, provides dozens of actors the opportunity to hone their craft and tour in a professional work environment. Many of our actors have continued on to careers in theatre, film, entertainment, and education.
Bright Star is one of America’s most affordable touring theatres. With all-inclusive pricing, Bright Star works to create programs that underserved schools and communities can access in order to bring the magic of theatre to young people who may not always have the chance to see it. Every year we are humbled and honored by the ever-growing list of supporters and sponsors who choose to make us a part of their programming. We can’t wait to bring a show to YOU!
Our season is comprised of literary, curriculum- and character-education based classics that are as entertaining as they are educational.
From historical productions like Heroes of the Underground Railroad to character-education based works like The Lady of Bullyburg and Sadie's Spectacular Saturday, Bright Star offers something for everyone.
The founder of Bright Star Touring Theatre, David Ostergaard, is no stranger to the theatre world. Committed to professionalism, he has assembled a talented and dedicated team of actors, directors, and designers.
He's an Emmy winning actor whose work has been seen at Cannes Film Festival, the Showtime Network in the Academy Award winning short - Two Soldiers, and more.
Andrew Buchanan Elementary | Chambersburg, PA
We really enjoyed the performances by Bright Star. I have had comments from teachers as well as students and they are all positive. I got to watch both shows. The younger kids laughed and laughed. There was so much audience participation, which is awesome to keep the younger kids involved. The other show definitely had a different tone, but the kids were very attentive and involved. My son told his dad and sister all about it at dinner that night. Thank you for providing great theatre shows for kids. We look forward to next year.