Bright Star Touring Theatre Educational Theatre


Jennifer Harkey
565 Long Shoals Rd
Suite 204
Arden, NC 28704


Since 2003, Bright Star Touring Theatre has been providing top-notch performances, workshops and residencies to schools, libraries and theatres all over the United States and abroad.  Our programs concentrate on tough-to-tackle subjects such as anti-bullying, character education, STEM, diversity and Black History.  This season includes over 60 offerings throughout the school year – Fall, Spring and Summer! Our programs feature two professional artists in 45 minute shows. Bright Star shows can be presented in practically any space and we come with everything we need to put on a great show – costumes, backdrops, and props.  While we prefer to keep audiences to around 350, larger performances in appropriate venues such as auditoriums and theaters are possible.

Residencies, workshops and camps are also available, ranging from single hour-long workshops which can be added to any performance ($200) to full five-day residencies or camps ($3995).  Professional development for teachers is also available, from 90 minute arts-integrated workshops to full day. Professional development centers around helping teachers understand the art form of theatre and includes instruction on how to use theatre in the classroom to enhance classroom climate and engagement.

Educational Background/Training

Bright Star Touring Theatre’s Founder and Chief Executive Officer is David Ostergaard.  David has been a touring artist himself and performed in hundreds of shows in his time with the company.  David holds a BFA from UNC-Greensboro.

Bright Star’s Chief of Operations is Joshua Batenhorst.  A theatre teacher and freelance theatre artist, Josh has also served as Teaching Fellow with A+ Schools of North Carolina since 2007. He holds a BA in Theatre and Communication from Southwestern University and a MBA from Wake Forest University.

Bright Star’s Chief Creative Officer is Tina Ostegaard. Tina has been a touring artist in schools since 2011 and holds a BFA in Acting from Texas State University.


1 Show: $795
2 Shows: $995*
3 Shows: $1,195* 4 Shows: $1,395*

*Same tour, same day, same performance space. Mix and match shows from the same tour.

Camps/Residencies:  5 day - $3995.  Shorter residencies are available by request.
Workshops: Hour-long workshops start at $200 added on to a performance. 
Half Day Workshops begin at $800 plus travel. Full Day workshops are $1200 plus travel.


Approximately 350 students


Year round, seven days a week

Educational Programs

Bright Star Touring Theatre’s programs are designed to bring the Bright Star out to shine in every student. With a variety of programs that range from single performances to full five-day residencies, Bright Star Touring Theatre is sure to delight any audience. With programs that travel from Seattle, Washington to Moscow, Russia, our shows, workshops and residencies will inspire, educate and entertain!


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