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A New Kind of Listening is an award winning documentary that takes us inside the creative work of the Community Inclusive Theater Group, as director Richard Reho inspires cast members, some with disabilities, to be writers, actors and dancers in an original collaborative performance. Together they prove that a small community arts project has the power to transform lives.

​Documentary  •  2019  •  106 minutes   •  HD  •  English

A New Kind of Listening follows the work of an experimental theater group that includes people who are non-speaking related to significant disabilities. The group meets weekly for a year;  together they create an original and compelling performance piece.  The film also tells the story of one member’s intense life-long struggle to communicate.  A New Kind of Listening is a resource and catalyst for building more inclusive communities through the arts. The film demonstrates how people with and without disabilities can work together creatively and have deeply meaningful friendships.

Advocates, artists, educators, non-profits, service-providers, and families can use the film and screening events to promote new ways of thinking about how the arts can connect people of all abilities.


Its passionate argument for inclusion and respect make it a powerful piece of advocacy.

The Independent Weekly

Poignant and Sensitive.

Raleigh News and Observer

This film is the best demonstration of inclusive art and collective communicative growth that I have seen. The fusions and metamorphoses of the individuals with and without disabilities were beautiful, brilliant, warm and inspirational.

Lou Brown, PhD, Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin

A New Kind of Listening shows that any form of expression, no matter how arduous or limited, can make a remarkable difference to the lives of people without speech.

Rosemary Crossley, A.M., Ph.D

A surprising, beautifully made, heartfelt story. This film takes the life of a person some would over look and lifts it up in a simple and elegant film. I highly recommend this to teachers, administrators, and people working in the arts. Parents and family members will see their own journey reflected in this well crafted film.

Alice Elliott, Director, The Collector of Bedford Street and Body and Soul

A beautiful, graceful and tremendously powerful film.

Harlan Gradin, North Carolina Humanities Council

Each one of us who live with a disability have our unique challenges but the hope lies in our abilities. The sounds of silence have never been heard more loudly than in this inspirational work of art.

Nancy Fudge, Mental Health Advocate and Consultant