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

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.

Ex Fabula: Cabin Fever

Feb 13, 2016
Kat Schleicher

Ex Fabula is very excited to be teaming up with Milwaukee band Panalure, again for our second year and a special night of music and storytelling. Panalure and Ex Fabula Storytellers come together again in “Cabin Fever, Songs for a Cold Winter Night” at Anodyne Coffee.

Ex Fabula: Fatherhood

Feb 6, 2016
Katherine Schleicher

It’s another exciting month for Ex Fabula and we have some awesome events planned for the next two weeks. Our second Spanish language Storytelling Workshop will be held February 9.

Ex Fabula: Connected

Jan 30, 2016
Art Montes

Thanks to everyone who attended this past week’s Secret Fabula and/or the Community Conversations on Race in our Faith Communities. These community conversations continue to open communication across racial lines and give us hope that we can begin to end the segregation within this little, big city. Indeed, one of the best things about Milwaukee is that it’s a big city with a small town feel. It’s hard not to meet someone new who doesn’t know someone else in your extended social circle.

Art Montes

Football season may be over for Wisconsin but Ex Fabula is just warming up. We have two very special events happening this week and we look forward to seeing and hearing from many of you as our goal is, always, to get the community talking.

Ex Fabula: It Gets Better

Jan 16, 2016
Kat Schleicher

Wednesday evening was a typical frigid winter night in Milwaukee. Ex Fabula wants to thank everyone who braved the elements to come out and make our first StorySlam of 2016, a sold out success. We’re also very grateful to our January sponsor, the Cream City Foundation. Wednesday’s theme was “Belonging” and we heard many tales of what it is to belong and not belong. There was both humor and heartache laced throughout the stories.

Art Montes

Happy New Year! Ex Fabula is hitting the ground running in 2016: a Storytelling Workshop, new volunteer orientation and our first StorySlam of 2016, January has it all and that’s only the beginning. Rather than resolving to give something up in the New Year, we at Ex Fabula like to set a host of bigger and better goals for the year to come.

Art Montes

Here we are, the weekend before Christmas and all through the…just kidding. We won’t do that to you. What we will do is thank everyone who came out to our fantastic December Spectacular! What an amazing way to end 2015! If you missed the event (we know, some of you were in line for a certain major movie), check out the recap at ExFabula.com. This will be our last Ex Fabula radio show of 2015 so we decided to share some of our favorite holiday stories from StorySlams past. Enjoy.

Art Montes

On December 17th, Ex Fabula will return to the historic Turner Hall Ballroom for the fifth annual Ex Fabula December Spectacular. Unlike our monthly StorySlams, the Spectacular is a non-competitive program of true and personal stories featuring Ex Fabula Fellows as well as other storytellers selected by a jury of Ex Fabula volunteers.