Ghost Army is an interactive game and live-action theatrical happening, based on the historical U.S. Army battalion of World War II. In 1942, the real Ghost Army was founded as a tactical unit made up of 1,100 artist soldiers working to deceive the Germans on the front lines.
This tradition is still alive and well today in Krissy Vanderwarker’s Ghost Army project. The mission: artists working towards the protection and proliferation of the founding forgotten principles of the United States- freedom to live a full life, the pursuit of whatever makes us happy even if it doesn’t make us money and the assurance that we aren’t all out there alone. The Ghost Army experience is guided by interactions and prompts via the audience members’ personal phones. The vision for Ghost Army is that it will be available in many cities all across the world. You will be able to participate in live group events as well as on-going “artist interventions” that can be accessed at any time.
Krissy Vanderwarker (Director & Storyteller) is the Co-Artistic Director of Dog & Pony Theatre Co. which is celebrating its 11th year. D&P directing credits include Breach, The Dinner Party Project, God’s Ear, As Told by the Vivian Girls, Mr. Marmalade, Ape, Osama the Hero, Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake) and As Much As You Can. Krissy directedHarry & The Thief for Pavement Group and the production was named one of the Top 10 Shows of 2013 by Time Out Chicago. Other professional directing credits include: Bethany (First Look Festival/Steppenwolf), As Fat As You Can (Next Theatre), CLEAR(About Face), What Once We Felt (About Face) and As Much As You Can (Hendel Productions West at LA’s Celebration Theater). She is developing a new performance experience called Ghost Army with help from residencies with The Orchard Project, In the Works and High Concept Labs. She graduated with her MFA in Directing from The Theatre School at DePaul University and now is on faculty. She also teaches sailing at Chicago Sailing. Upcoming: The Grown-Up by Jordan Harrison with Shattered Globe and Thaddeus and Slocum: A Vaudeville Adventure by Kevin Douglas at Lookingglass Theatre.
Krissy has a passion for storytelling. She gets up in the morning to make arresting images, indelible experiences and humanizing stories. To Krissy, theatre has the chance to become something great in this digital age – something that is not bound by the four walls of a building or of even a curtain time. She believes we can live more fully through theater than we can in any other space or time; Living more fully stretches and challenges our daily thinking and makes us better, more engaged human beings.