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)
Direction and Dramaturgy by award-winning theater artist, Teo Castellanos, Written and Performed by military/war veterans Combat Hippies, with original Afro-Rican Punk soundtrack, produced by DJ Brimstone 127 and live percussion by Angel Ruben Rodriguez Sr.
AMAL examines the impact of war with equal parts humor and urgency. It explores the quest for meaning, purpose and identity sought through enlisting in the military and shares the unifying experiences of combatants and noncombatants as people of color. Tough and tender, AMAL relays stories of veterans’, refugees’ and civilians’ adjustment to life after war.
Stage: Blackbox / Proscenium
Traveling Personnel: 5
Running time: 80 minutes
Performance space: min. 9m x 9m
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
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
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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