Brightstone originated as Cornerstone Productions in 2006. Founders Justin and Sharon Carter both love theatre and saw a need in the Oconee community where families could enjoy performing theatre together.
They began producing faith-based Christmas shows since there were none of these in the Athens area: only one show a year for seven years.
The first Mainstage production Cornerstone produced was Hello, Dolly! in 2013, and the first Secondstage production the same year was Seussical, Jr. In 2016, Cornerstone Productions changed names to Brightstone in order to maintain a unique identity in the area.