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

Katherine Schleicher

It's complicated. That's not just a Facebook relationship status - it’s also the theme of this month’s Ex Fabula StorySlam.

Art Montes

One of the programs Ex Fabula is most proud of is our Storytelling Workshops, and our next is on November 12th at Turner Hall. During an Ex Fabula Storytelling Workshop, trained Storytelling Coaches assist participants in finding their story, understanding the power and importance of storytelling, how to structure a story for maximum impact, and give tips for practice before taking the stage.

Ex Fabula: Spooky Spirits

Oct 29, 2016
Elizabeth Dawson

It’s Halloween weekend in Milwaukee. Between the costumes, the scary movie marathons and a city full of events, Cream City knows how to do Halloween. This week we’re sharing stories from last November’s “Spirits” Secret Fabula hosted at Shaker’s Cigar Bar & Ghost Tour.

Art Montes

This is our third year partnering with Waukesha Reads to unite the community through great books. As part of this year’s NEA's Big Read, Waukesha Reads invites community members to read To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Ex Fabula once again presents a Storytelling workshop and a StorySlam that explores one of the book’s themes: “Loss of Innocence.” This year’s Slam will feature true, personal stories on that theme.

Ex Fabula: Hidden

Oct 15, 2016
Art Montes

Is there a monster Hidden under your bed? Or living in your head? Have you found a hidden treasure in your grandmother’s old boxes? Perhaps you’ve kept a hidden secret that’s dying to be told. We’ve just the place for you to share these and many other stories. On October 18th we take the Ex Fabula stage to an exciting new venue, The Milwaukee Public Museum.

Ex Fabula: Equal Access

Oct 8, 2016
Art Montes

The Ex Fabula Mission is to “celebrate the power of true and personal stories to connect individuals through universal experiences. Stories build a neighborhood, stable neighborhoods connect communities, diverse communities strengthen a city.” We recognize that there is no community more diverse than the disability community, for disability knows no color, class, gender, religion or sexuality.

Art Montes

Can’t get enough of the Milwaukee Film Festival? Neither can we. We love film (and stories) so much that we’re an MFF Community Partner for “Shorts: Stories We Tell,” again! Like those you hear on the Ex Fabula stage and WUWM radio, the stories featured in "Stories We Tell" are funny, relatable, and thought-provoking.

This week we feature fun stories from early adulthood - the ones you relive with your old friends over dinner and drinks thinking, “Ah to be young again.”

Ex Fabula: Furry Felines

Sep 24, 2016
Ex Fabula

They’re furry, finicky, often fickle, and full of unconditional love.  If man’s best friend is the dog, then woman’s best friend could well be the cat.  Istanbul also has its share of cat-lovers, so much so that a documentary has been made about it: Kedi (cat). That film is showing at the Milwaukee Film Festival beginning this weekend. So in the spirit of the “Meow,” we give you stories about cats.

Ex Fabula: Influences

Sep 17, 2016
Brian Jacobson

This weekend Milwaukee opens its doors for a unique peek inside some of the city’s most historic and unique architecture, while enjoying educational tours and entertainment events. Ex Fabula will be joining the Doors Open Milwaukee line-up with a non-competitive, curated StorySlam all about Milwaukee.

Kathrine Schleicher

This week we’re getting ready for the sixth annual Doors Open Milwaukee event. We'll celebrate Milwaukee with stories and Ultra Shorts all about this vibrant, complicated, multi-faceted city that we love. Ex Fabula and Historic Milwaukee, Inc. will present a Milwaukee neighborhood-inspired StorySlam as part of Doors Open Milwaukee on September 17th. This noncompetitive, curated StorySlam features true, personal stories from tellers who range from first-timers to Ex Fabula ALL STARS.

Ex Fabula: Risking It

Sep 3, 2016
Ex Fabula

You’ve waited all summer and now it’s finally back! No, not Pumpkin Spice everything, the first Ex Fabula StorySlam of Season 8 is here. On Thursday, September 8, we’ll return to Garfield’s 502 for a night of “Risking It.” We look forward to seeing old friends and new faces as we kick off a season packed with exciting new programs and events to come.

Ex Fabula: Taking Risks

Aug 27, 2016
Ex Fabula

As our city continues to sift through the rubble and tries to address the issues that caused the unrest in Sherman Park, Ex Fabula shares stories from people who have taken action.

Blanche Brown tells the first story. She left her corporate career and became certified as an art therapist who specialized in working with children with autism. The work came naturally to her and she found herself connecting with the children and receiving high praise from her supervisors. What could possibly go wrong?

Ex Fabula: Vacation

Aug 13, 2016
Kathrine Schleicher

August is the most popular time of year to take a vacation. Some of us stay in town, while others go up north to squeeze all they can out of the nice weather, and some travel out-of-state to explore a new city or landscape. However we choose to spend our vacations, they tend to bring out the explorer in us.  While some people prefer the more traditional approach, of having a whole trip planned out in advance, others appreciate the surprise and wonder that a more 'improvised' vacation can bring.

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.