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

Kat Schleischer

The stories of our youth - they are the stories we tell sitting around campfires, or at dinner with old friends, and they often begin with, “Remember the time...?” These are some of our favorite stories from the Ex Fabula stage, and today we bring you two of the best.

Art Montes / Ex Fabula

Hello August! While many of you are beginning back-to-school preparations and others are just excited about State Fair, we at Ex Fabula are excited to announce that applications for the Season 9 Ex Fabula Fellowship program are now open. Ex Fabula Fellows are community members who use 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.

Art Montes

Who doesn’t love a good adventure? Or maybe you’re more of an adrenaline junkie. The Ex Fabula archives are full of colorful tales of youth gone wild, testing the limits, and moments of “what was I thinking?” As we get older, some of us continue searching for new ways to push our limits...say, by mountain climbing, skydiving, or traveling to far off lands.

Ex Fabula: Volunteerism

Jul 22, 2017
Art Montes

Many of us have - at some point in our lives - had dreams of traveling abroad and volunteering to help those in need. Today we'll meet two men who actually did that. Not only did they venture to Samoa and Tanzania, but they brought some fun stories back with them.

While these voices may sound unfamiliar, they have been the "silent voices" behind Ex Fabula: board members who are now moving on to their next adventures. It's with gratitude, as well as sadness, that we say a fond farewell to retiring board members Bob Pothier and Adam Weise.

Ex Fabula: Water

Jul 15, 2017
Art Montes

Hey Milwaukee! Just when you think there’s nothing left to explore we’ve found a whole lot more. Are you up for the challenge? Yes? Well you’re invited to the Great Water Race on July 22nd. Be among the first members of the public to experience the roll out of the new Water Story MKE app, a digital water-themed scavenger hunt across Milwaukee.

Art Montes

One of the best things about living in Milwaukee is that we are the City of Festivals! The Big Gig is ending its run this weekend, but we’re busy making plans for next weekend. Whether you plan on celebrating in Parisian style “Vive la France,” or you’re continuing a long-held family tradition by heading to Bay View’s “Blow Up the Beach” - there’s fun for everyone.

In honor of these Milwaukee traditions we thought we’d share stories from the places that inspired these city favorites.

Art Montes

Summer is in full swing and so are we at Ex Fabula. While our StorySlams may be on summer vacation, we’ve been hard at work creating more workshops, community collaborations and public outreach for Season 9. We’ve also recently elected a new Ex Fabula Board President along with welcoming several other new board members. In fact, we have actually DOUBLED the size of the Ex Fabula Board of Directors along with hiring a new event producer. Exciting things will be happening in Season 9.

Ex Fabula: Showing Up

Jun 24, 2017
Megan McGee

In these trying times it’s easy to get wrapped up in feeling powerless. However, there is a sense of urgency present that invites individuals to participate in community activism on a local, state and national level.

Art Montes

On this Father's Day weekend, it’s all about the dads - or maybe just time to think about fatherhood. But what happens when just the thought of procreation gives makes you physically stressed? Matthew Konkel will tell you in our first story from the “Bad Company” Spectacular Slam in 2013.  While he loves the spirit and creativity that children naturally exude, Matthew simply didn't want to have kids of his own - so, he decided to have a vasectomy. How Matthew released his stress over fatherhood, in this week's show.

Art Montes

The general consensus is that summer has arrived, meaning that the trademark Milwaukee street festivals, outdoor music and concerts will be plentiful in the coming months. Music has the ability to engage even the most introverted to participate in their communities. Music also fosters relationships and strengthens bonds, something Ex Fabula knows a lot about. This week we’ll hear from a storyteller about what it feels like to be heard and supported through music and then a story about fostering a community of like-minded individuals through punk music.

Ex Fabula: Summer Begins

Jun 3, 2017
Elizabeth Dawson

The first days of summer: people are getting their gardens ready and their kids signed up for camp, summer school or whatever else will keep them busy. So this week we have a great story about the generational love of gardening (it’s a good time to plant those tomatoes) and a story from a lovely, if not over-stimulated, summer school instructor.

Kathrine Schleicher

Here it is, Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer in Milwaukee. Some of us will pack the cars and head up north, while others will head to Bradford Beach to christen the volleyball nets, and some will head south to the first “Fest” of the season. On Monday, flags will be flown at half-staff in yards across the nation in memory of those who lost their lives serving their country. So this week, we have two stories: one about getting out of town, and one about getting out alive.

Art Montes

Mother's Day was just last week, and we're continuing with the theme by sharing some of our own mom-centric stories. Our first comes from last December’s “Perfect Storm” StorySlam. What happens when your 91-year-old mother - the fiercest, most independent woman you know - has “the stroke,” yet hangs on because she’s determined to die at home? If you’re Magda Peck, you race against time, battling both your mother’s failing systems and the hospital’s endless red tape.

Ex Fabula: All Stars!

May 13, 2017
Art Montes

As we count down the final days to the Ex Fabula All Stars event, this week - last but not least - we’re featuring our final two Audience Favorites of Season 8: two fellas who are no strangers to the Ex Fabula stage or donning the coveted velvet crown.

Art Montes

We’re closing in on the final stretch, friends. The flowers and trees are blooming, Memorial Day is coming up, and our Ex Fabula ALL STARS Event is just two weeks away! This is when the crème de la crème of storytellers from Season 8 take the stage of the historic Turner Hall Ballroom to share their tales of  “Unfinished Business.” The audience will then vote on to decide who is the ultimate All Star of Ex Fabula's 2016-17 season.