Ex Fabula

True & Personal Stories

Ex Fabula is a Milwaukee nonprofit organization that strengthens community bonds through the art of storytelling. Ex Fabula produces StorySlams, workshops, community collaborations, a podcast, and radio pieces, all in order to provide platforms for people to come together and share true, personal stories.

Website: ExFabula.com

Twitter: @ExFabula

Ex Fabula: Father's Day

Jun 18, 2016
Art Montes

Everyone spends Father’s Day differently. Whether you’re celebrating by barbequing with your wonderful dad or optimistically wondering if you’ll ever meet him, it can be an emotional day. This week, we are sharing stories about dads from fathers, sons, mothers and daughters – many in the form of UltraShorts, which are brief personal stories written by audience members at Ex Fabula events. Some are goofy and others are more serious; each story is as different as the father who inspired it.

Ex Fabula: Coming Out

Jun 11, 2016
Photo by Art Montes

June is National LGBTQ Pride Month and this weekend PrideFest Milwaukee will return to Henry Maier Festival Park with food, music, entertainment and pride.

Kathrine Schleicher

Memorial Day is behind us, but that doesn't mean that the issues that soldiers face upon leaving for and returning from war have disappeared as well.

In the tradition of Memorial Day and of shedding light on issues important to veterans, in 2014, Congress designated June as National Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month.

Ex Fabula: American Song

May 28, 2016
Milwaukee Repertory Theater

As the city and much of the nation prepares for a weekend of celebration and remembrance of those who have served and those who continue to serve in the US Armed Forces, we’re featuring some very special stories from our April collaboration with Milwaukee Repertory Theater themed, "American Song."

Photo by Art Montes

This week, we’re celebrating the success of our first Season of Fellows. In Fall 2015, Ex Fabula kicked off the first Fellowship, which brought together a diverse cohort of community members who worked with Ex Fabula Storytelling Coaches to identify, craft and share stories about privilege and oppression. The Fellows then shared the stories at interactive outreach performances that allowed Milwaukeeans to listen to and reflect upon the stories. We hope to have another cohort of Fellows in Fall 2016.

Ex Fabula

Tonight, the best and the brightest of Ex Fabula’s Seventh Season come together for an evening of engaging, entertaining, and sometimes, emotional stories at the EX FABULA SEASON SEVEN ALL STARS EVENT at Alverno's Pitman Theater stage with the theme “Game Changer.”

To close out our All Stars Preview we have the Audience Favorite's  from our last two StorySlams of the Season:

Art Montes

When you give, you get back.

So is the common thread connecting the Ex Fabula stories chosen as audience favorites in early 2016.

In January, David Fowler took the stage to tell his story of "Belonging." A Flood Manager for the Milwaukee Sewage District, David was called to Biloxi, Mississippi to assist in the recovery efforts after Hurricane Katrina. Through the crisis that was Katrina, he formed friendships that will last a lifetime.

Ex Fabula: Election Fun

Apr 23, 2016
Elizabeth Dawson

Debates, campaign ads, punditry... it's easy to feel 'burnt out' on politics at this point in the election season. However, behind all the slick materials and talking points, elections are about our hopes and values and the things that make us human. With that in mind, we bring you two personal stories about people who got involved in elections – because after all, the personal is political.  

Photo by Art Montes

This week we’re featuring two stories from women who spoke up when they recognized disparities in race relations. Rather than staying silent, each woman stood her ground in very different situations that involved a similar theme, race and identity.

Ex Fabula: Celebrate!

Apr 9, 2016
Photo by Art Montes

This week we’re celebrating! Season 7 is nearing an amazing end with only one StorySlam left before our May All-Stars Event. Though the season is coming to a close, Ex Fabula will continue its work throughout the summer months, with special community collaborations and continuing workshops for corporate, nonprofit, and private events.

Art Montes

We’re nearing the end of the first Ex Fabula Fellowship, which leverages personal stories in order to explore the important topics of privilege and oppression. The Fellows are a diverse cohort of community members who worked with Ex Fabula artists in the Fall of 2015 to develop their storytelling skills. Over the past months, the Fellows have been sharing at interactive outreach performances that combine stories with small group discussion, and we’ve been collecting those stories to share with you!

Ex Fabula: Lucky

Mar 12, 2016
Photo by Art Montes

Ahh, St. Patrick’s Day in Milwaukee. A day of corned beef, Rueben Rolls, green beer and adults, dressed in ridiculous green ensembles heading to the bar for breakfast. In honor of this favorite sign of Spring, we’re revisiting some of the luckiest tales we’ve ever heard on the Ex Fabula stage.

Art Montes

Ex Fabula believes that everyone has stories worth sharing, whether you speak inglés, español or another language. We’re very excited by the success we’ve had with our Proyecto Puente, or Puente Project, storytelling workshops, which, we hope, will build bridges (puentes) between the English and Spanish speaking communities in Milwaukee.

Heather Hingston

This past week, February 21-27, was National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. It’s estimated that 8 million Americans have an eating disorder – seven million women and one million men. The statistics are frightening. With one in 200 American women suffering from anorexia and two to three in 100 American women suffering from bulimia, eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.

Art Montes

If you’ve been following Ex Fabula, you are aware of this season’s new Fellowship program is focusing on the topics of privilege and oppression. Our goal has been to leverage personal stories to inspire community-led dialogue around some of the most pressing issues in the Greater Milwaukee area–segregation and economic and racial inequality.