Season 9 theme voting open now through midnight July 11!

Vote now for Season 9 Themes

It’s that time again! Please help pick themes for the regular season StorySlams.

The following list was generated by the Slam Lords (a.k.a. Programming Team), a group of volunteers who plan our monthly Slams. They selected these from a master list of themes suggested by audience members. Now, they’d like to hear what you think so please vote!

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Seeking an Event Producer

Ex Fabula is growing! Over the past year, we’ve increased the number of StorySlams, workshops and Community Collaborations and we’re not slowing down anytime soon, so we’re looking to expand our capacity by hiring an Event Producer. Please spread the word and help us find the next member of our team!

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MKE BIG READ's book is In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

Announcing Milwaukee Public Library’s Big Read

National Endowment for the Arts BIG READ logo with drawing of a book. Art works. Arts Midwest.We’re excited to collaborate with Milwaukee Public Library on the NEA Big Read, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.  For the MKE Big Read 2017, Milwaukee Public Library will offer exciting events, programs, and discussions related to Julia Alvarez’s In the Time of the ButterfliesContinue reading “Announcing Milwaukee Public Library’s Big Read”


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Waukesha Reads 2016

We’re thrilled to partner with Waukesha Reads again to unite the community through great books! As part of the NEA’s Big Read, Waukesha Reads invites community members to read (or re-read) To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and then explore the book through discussions, performances, and community events running September 30 – November 13.  Ex Fabula, as in the last 3 years, will present a Storytelling workshop and a StorySlam that explore one of the book’s themes – which will be “Loss of Innocence”.

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Vote for Ex Fabula Season Eight Themes

Vote for Season 8 themes

Ex Fabula is all about community, so it’s only natural to involve the community in selecting themes for our Season 8 public StorySlams!

The following list of themes was created by the “Slam Lords” (f.k.a. Programming), a group of volunteers who plan our monthly Slams and fill key roles like Stage Manager and UltraShorts lead. They selected these from a master list of themes that have been suggested by audience members over the years, and now they’d like to find out which ones are your favorites!

What themes would you like to see during Season 8? Vote for up to three. Poll closes July 10!

  • Only in Milwaukee (15%, 76 Votes)
  • It's Complicated (8%, 43 Votes)
  • Unfinished Business (8%, 40 Votes)
  • Acquired Taste (6%, 33 Votes)
  • Risking It (6%, 31 Votes)
  • Perfect Storm (6%, 29 Votes)
  • Our Little Secret (6%, 29 Votes)
  • Deal with the Devil (5%, 28 Votes)
  • Change of Heart (5%, 27 Votes)
  • Brush with Fame (5%, 26 Votes)
  • In Theory (5%, 25 Votes)
  • Dignity (5%, 24 Votes)
  • Timing (4%, 21 Votes)
  • Great Expectations (4%, 20 Votes)
  • Grin and Bear it (3%, 16 Votes)
  • Day One (3%, 14 Votes)
  • Beginner's Luck (3%, 13 Votes)
  • Child's Play (2%, 11 Votes)
  • Wiggle Room (2%, 11 Votes)

Total Voters: 175

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Puente Project: building bridges over language barriers

Ex Fabula believes that everyone has stories worth sharing, whether you speak inglés, español, or another language – so we’re very excited to kick off el Proyecto Puente, which will build bridges (puentes) between the English and Spanish speaking communities in Milwaukee.

Full project information is available in Spanish at www.exfabula.org/en-espanol, but for those of you who don’t speak Spanish, we thought it’d be fun to escribir a blog post in Spanglish. I’m (not so secretly) hoping that we hear some Spanglish at the Slam de Historias in March –  ¡a ver si pasa!

Un poco de historia: We started bilingual programming back in 2011 when we were artists in residence at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan. Then last year, we included 2 historias en español con interpretación al inglés in our December Spectacular, after which several participants suggested that we do a StorySlam completamente bilingüe.

In order to hold a Bilingual Slam, we would need to train voluntarios, offer workshops en españoland do un montón de marketing in order to reach the Spanish speaking community. Fortunately, I have a handful of contactos en la comunidad hispana. It helps that I do yoga at CORE/El Centro (and actually interpret the yoga class into Spanish) and became friends with several native Spanish speakers when I studied at UWM. So, we started planning.

Puente ProjectThe result: Ex Fabula va a presentar 4 Spanish language Storytelling workshops, several sessiones orientativas for bilingual event volunteers, and por fin, a bilingual StorySlam on Thursday March 10. The theme will be “American Dream / Sueño Americano“, and stories can be told in English, Spanish or even Spanglish  – como dije –  and we’ll leverage interpretation so that everyone can enjoy las historias personalesBoletos are on sale now for only $8 – and workshop attendees will get descuentos especiales. 

To the best of my knowledge, nuestro evento will be the first English <> Spanish bilingual StorySlam in the United States. Qué padre, ¿no? I hope you can join us for this very exciting event! And if you know Spanish speakers, please let them know about the workshops, which are either gratis or low cost ($3) thanks to the grants we’ve received. The workshops are listed on nuestra página de Facebook as well as on the website, para que sepan. We even have a special newsletter en español that you can sign up for!

There are muchísimas personas to thank for this project. Gracias a: 

  • Dr. Leah Leone, my former compañera de oficina at UWM, who is engaging the UWM community and assisting with planning
  • Dr. Nelson López, who will teach workshops, stage manage the StorySlam, and hopefully fix all my errores de gramática in this blog post (I blame autocorrect which keeps trying to change all the Spanish words)
  • Carolina Soza, who will also teach workshops. She is a gran artísta and I’m so honored to have her be part of this project.
  • Todos los voluntarios who make Ex Fabula StorySlams happen – and the new volunteers who are training to help at the March Slam.
  • Todas las organizaciones that will host workshops: Centro Hispano, UWM, Planned Parenthood’s group of Community Health Promoters, and CORE/El Centro.
  • Groups that are assisting with promotion: the Roberto Hernández Center,  the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), and Journey House.
  • Season 7 sponsor Transfer Pizzeria and Café
  • Everyone who has financially supported this project, incluyendo Ex Fabula members and donors,  the City of Milwaukee Arts Board and the Wisconsin Arts Board,  and the UW-Milwaukee Cultures and Communities Program.

¡Mil gracias a cada uno de Ustedes!

Hopefully this has helped everyone to better understand the Puente Project. Feel free to write your commentarios y preguntas below – and perhaps I’ll even see you at one of the eventos. 

Un abrazo fuerte, 

megan

PS: Want more? Check out this blog recap of our March 10, 2016 Bilingual StorySlam!


Coming of Age Recap

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the lovely Waukesha Civic Theatre on Thursday the 5th for our second StorySlam with Waukesha Reads!Continue reading “Coming of Age Recap”


Waukesha Reads

Ex Fabula @ Waukesha Reads

As part of our efforts to strengthen community bonds through the art of storytelling, Ex Fabula occasionally does Community Collaborations with schools, businesses, and nonprofits in the Greater Milwaukee region. Some of these events are private, while others are open to the public. One upcoming public Community Collaboration will take place in October as part of Waukesha Reads.

The following article explains the details of the collaboration, so please read on… and perhaps we’ll see you in Waukesha! Continue reading “Ex Fabula @ Waukesha Reads”


Lamont - photo by Kat Schleicher

Meet the Kickoff Storytellers!

Lamont Smith discovered Ex Fabula through Terminal Milwaukee, the story telling series centered around WMSE’s Tom Crawford telling stories about Milwaukee neighborhoods. “It made a phenomenal first impression on me, in its sincerity.” Lamont made a phenomenal impression on everyone at the Terminal Milwaukee event held at Satin Wave barbershop, and he’ll be sharing that barbershop story with us at the Season 6 Kickoff. Continue reading “Meet the Kickoff Storytellers!”