Led by world renowned theater artist and director Teo Castellanos and backed by one of Miami’s most well-known DJ’s, Brimstone 127, The Combat Hippies are a group of military veteran performing artists. The group’s core members consist of Hipolito “Beardman” Arriaga, Anthony “I.E.D.” Torres, Allen “Tatsel” Minor, and Andrew “Dru Phoenix” Cuthbert.

The Combat Hippies were born as a result of the MDC Live Arts’ season-long veterans’ initiative in which they shared their experiences in an original spoken word piece as part of the O, Miami Poetry Festival. The piece, featuring solo and group work, and was debuted under the title “Conscience Under Fire”.

Conscience Under Fire made its theatrical debut on September 11th and 12th at the Prometeo Theater under the banner of Miami’s DWNTWN Art Days.

Currently, the organization is working on upcoming performances as well as community engagement activities.



“Conscience Under Fire”

Community Engagement

Host open mics, Public Speaking, Raise Awareness for Post-Traumatic Stress and Suicide, Promote Post-Traumatic Growth and veteran self-empowerment. Bridge the gap of understanding between veterans and non-veterans in the community to foster healing.


Coming soon.