Led by Artistic Director Teo Castellanos, the Combat Hippies is an ensemble of Puerto Rican military veteran performing artists based in Miami, Florida. They formed during an MDC Live Arts creative writing workshop with Castellanos in 2015. Their first show, Conscience Under Fire (CUF), toured regionally in Florida from 2015-2017. CUF explored their lives as Iraq War veterans before, during, and after war. Their current production, AMAL, will premiere in March 2019.

Artistic Director Teo Castellanos is an actor/writer/director, who works in theater, film & television. His award winning solo NE 2nd Avenue toured extensively for a decade, winning the Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Scotland 2003. He founded the Dance/Theater Company Teo Castellanos D-Projects in 2003. For over twenty years Teo has toured solo & company works throughout the U.S., Europe, South America, China & the Caribbean. He is the recipient of several awards & grants including NEA, NEFA, MAP, NPN, Knight Arts Challenge, Knight Foundation People’s Choice Award, Miami-Dade County Cultural Affairs & also won the State of Florida Individual Artist Fellowship 2005 and 2013. He’s a Sundance Institute Screenwriters Intensive Fellow 2015. Teo is a member of SAG/AFTRA, & Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers and holds a BFA in Theater.


AMAL (Premiere Spring 2019)

Developed and Directed by renown theater artist Teo Castellanos, AMAL delves into the impact of war on both combatants and noncombatants as people of color, and shares experiences of veterans adjustment to life after war, as well as that of civilians from war-torn countries. The piece also explores the search for meaning, purpose, and identity through enlisting in the military, as well as Puerto Rico’s cultural and military heritage. This includes the U.S. military’s bombings of two Puerto Rican towns in 1950, which marked the first time in history that the United States government bombed its own citizens. The performance will be in a theater-in-the-round setting, with the two lead performers encircling a percussionist in the symbolic representation of a hurricane. Original music production (beats per minute) will also be set to the five categories of hurricanes (miles per hour). This symbolizes both the chaos of war and its aftermath, as well as a tribute to the people of Puerto Rico, who were devastated by Hurricane Maria in 2017.

Stage: Blackbox / Proscenium
Capacity: 100-350
Traveling Personnel: 5
Running time: 80 minutes
Language: Various
Performance space: min. 9m x 9m
Freight: Minimal


The Fever (premiere 2017)

April 3-24, 2016 | On the Boards | in-development
August 13-14, 2016 | Mount Tremper Arts | in-development
October 24 – November 6, 2016 | ASU | in-development

The Record

January 6-17, 2014 | Under the Radar | NYC
August 27-30, 2014 | Noorderzon Festival | Groningen, Netherlands
March 24-25, 2015 | Parc de la Villette | Paris, France
March 27-28,2015 | Centre Pompidou | Paris, France
July 7-9, 2015 | Festival Theaterformen | Hanover, Germany
September 21-24, 2016 | OzAsia Festival | Adelaide, OZ
November 13-14, 2016 | Onassis Cultural Centre | Athens, Greece

Employee of the Year

August 1-2, 2014 | Mount Tremper Arts | Mount Tremper, NY
October 17-18, 2014 | Crossing the Line | NYC
June 20-27, 2015 | Arts & Ideas | New Haven, CT
July 9-10, 2015 | Festival Theaterformen | Hanover, Germany
October 9-10, 2015 | Clarice Smith PAC | College Park, MD
January 5-17, 2016 | Under the Radar | NYC
February 19-21, 2016 | Wexner Center | Columbus, OH
February 27-28, 2016 | FringeArts | Philadelphia, PA
April 28-May 1, 2016 | On The Boards | Seattle, WA