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

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.

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."