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

Art Montes

Community is not the neighborhood you live in - it's the people you feel comfortable with, and accepted by. This week’s theme is finding community, and we’re exploring it through a story from 2013 All Star Rebecca Segal, as well as some UltraShorts as a chaser.

As a Jewish girl growing up in a Jewish community, Rebecca Segal felt comfortable being herself. When she studied abroad in France, however, she encountered the extremes of anti-semitism, as well as strong community - both in surprising places:

Ex Fabula: Spirituality

Jul 30, 2016
Photo by Art Montes

Spirituality is pretty complicated. While we can generally agree that it involves connectedness, a search for meaning and identity, individual beliefs and practices vary greatly. This week, we're exploring spirituality with a few UltraShorts and a story that was told at our May 2013 event Lost in Translation.

Photo by Elizabeth Dawson

This weekend marks the 29th Milwaukee Gallery Night and Day presented by the Historic Third Ward. Gallery Night welcomes both art aficionados and amateurs alike to visit nearly fifty participating galleries and other venues throughout Downtown Milwaukee. In honor of Gallery Night, we’re sharing some favorite stories on creativity, inspiration and yes, art. 

Ex Fabula: Love

Jul 16, 2016
Photo by Art Montes

Love is strange. We crave it and are scared of it at the same time. When you have it you feel invincible, but when it is gone you would do anything to get it back. This week we explore love with a longer story from Fernando Gutierrez and Matt Schreck.

Photo by Art Montes

This week we’re celebrating the upcoming Doors Open Milwaukee with two different stories about life in and around this city we call “Home.”

Ex Fabula: Hot

Jul 2, 2016
Art Montes

Put your winter coat in storage – summer is here! Whether you embrace the warmth or crank up the AC and wait for fall, you got to admit that summer in Milwaukee is a particularly magical time... as well as a hot, sticky time. This week, we're exploring a few different takes on the theme of Hot with stories that take place in the summer.

Art Montes

It’s been two weeks since the tragedy in Orlando. We’ve seen an amazing outpouring of love, support and unity from and for the LGBTQ community. In Milwaukee and in cities nationwide and countries worldwide, people came together to mourn and to stand strong in the face of bigotry and hatred. This unity, the coming together of strangers and friends, the love that’s been lifted up, has sung far louder than any of the voices shouting about guns, God and terrorists.

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.