Actor David Ostergaard never expected a TV commercial for an Asheville computer shop to net him TV’s most coveted award, the Emmy.

He took home the statuette, a gilded lady with wings, Saturday during the southeast regional awards ceremony in Atlanta. Now he’s got to find a suitable spot for her in his Asheville home.

“It’s tradition, I think, to put Emmys on a shelf in your bathroom,” he says. “But when I get tired of holding it in my hands, I may need to build an altar for it.”

The commercial gig came about a year ago when he was hired to be the spokesperson for the computer shop, The Wired Mouse. He also operates a youth theatre in Asheville and has performed with Asheville’s Lazoom comedy tours.

Ostergaard, who graduated from UNCG in 2002 with a BFA in theatre, says he has made a good career for himself in the North Carolina mountains. “I’ve been acting nonstop since I graduated.”

His theatre company, Bright Star Touring Theatre, is in its 11th season. Adult actors are hired to perform shows for young people in shows touring across the United States.

Ostergaard estimates that about 900 audiences will enjoy Bright Star’s productions in the next year. About 30 shows are currently in the works, and Bright Star heads for Russia in September to perform for an English-speaking school in Moscow.

“My company goes to UNCG every year to audition actors,” he says. “I love UNCG Theatre a lot.”