Secret’s Out: New Year Spectacular Recap

Whether or not if it’s a secret between friends, spouses or one we keep to ourselves, the secrets we keep and share can ultimately reveal something about us and our humanity. Nearly 200 guests found out how little secrets can have a big impact in our lives at Alverno’s Pitman Theater for our New Year Spectacular with the theme “Our Little Secret.” This special, curated event featured various storytelling formats, and each teller had 10-minutes to share.

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audience member takes photo of storyteller at event

Ex Fabula Partners With Project Return and Marquette for a Night of Stories and Dialogue

Telling a personal story to an audience can seem like a daunting and nerve-wracking experience. It also has the potential to be a cathartic, impactful way to educate an audience on complicated and systematic issues. Ex Fabula has partnered with Marquette University and Project Return to bring a night of storytelling on the topic of incarceration to the Marquette campus. Project Return is a Milwaukee non-profit that supports recently incarcerated individuals as they transition from prison institutions to their respective communities. This event is part of Marquette’s Mission Week which will center on the topics of race relations, institutional, personal, and cultural racism titled “Racial Justice: Black, White and the Call of the Church”.

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“Our Little Secret”: Meet the Storytellers, Part 2

Here it is, our last secret! (For now.) As many of you know, this Saturday, January 28th, Ex Fabula travels to Alverno’s Pitman Theatre for the New Year Spectacular with the theme “Our Little Secret.” Unlike our monthly Slams, this special event features 10-minute curated stories and is an afternoon (yep, a 3 pm show) not to be missed.

We’ve built the anticipation as high as possible, so let’s meet the last three Spectacular Storytellers!

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Crowd Shot from Ex Fabula Green Story Slam

Meet the”Our Little Secret” Storytellers

The secret’s out! Our Spectacular little secret! This Saturday, January 28th, we’ll take Ex Fabula to Alverno’s Pitman Theatre for the New Year Spectacular with the theme “Our Little Secret.” Unlike our monthly StorySlams, this special event features 10-minute curated stories and is an afternoon (yep, it’s a 3 pm show) not to be missed.

However, before anyone takes the stage, we’d be remiss if we didn’t introduce the awesome Spectacular Storytellers.Continue reading “Meet the”Our Little Secret” Storytellers”


Fellowship Provides Unique Opportunity to Listen

The Ex Fabula Fellows are a unique group, coming from various demographic backgrounds and career fields throughout the Milwaukee area. After going through 6 weeks of storytelling workshops together this fall, the Fellows are now hosting interactive conversations around the city.  Scientific research shows that storytelling has the unique ability to meaningfully connect people and create conditions for empathy, and the Fellows are leveraging the power of story to address some of the most pressing issues in the Greater Milwaukee area – segregation, economic, and racial inequality.

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"Change of Heart" at Sugar Maple. Photo by Art Montes

Change of Heart Recap

When February arrives, it will be impossible to escape the talk about matters of the heart. Before the Valentine’s flood begins, we gathered for the first story slam of 2017: Change of Heart. On Tuesday, January 10th, we met at Sugar Maple to talk about the sweet and sticky situations that arise during a change of heart.Continue reading “Change of Heart Recap”


detail of gold trim from Milwaukee Public Library

Secret Symphony Scheherazade with MSO

There’s something magical about the spirit of collaboration. It brings people from different organizations and backgrounds and unites them all around a common theme. That is the idea behind Secret Symphony, a unique Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra event that will take place this Thursday, January 12th at 6:30 PM at Milwaukee’s Central Library.

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra LogoThis interactive experience will feature the sights, sounds, and tastes of the Middle East. The central focus is the legend of Scheherazade – a storyteller who told her sister tales of Aladdin, Ali Baba and other historical figures. Attendees can sample Middle Eastern delicacies, watch the talents of the ladies from Tamarind Belly Dancing, and listen to the sounds of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra performing Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade. 

Of course, since Ex Fabula is involved, there must be storytelling, right? Create some magic of your own at Ex Fabula’s UltraShort booth, where attendees can share stories on the theme “family history”. After the orchestra plays, we’ll read some of the best UltraShorts submitted and hear Rochelle Fritsch’s tale about her own journey towards discovering her family’s history.

Tickets are available on the MSO website. You can also learn more via this OnMilwaukee.com preview. See you there!


Times Cinema

Perfect Storm – Recap

December 14th–The first true breath of Wisconsin winter. The Wind Chill blew a bitter, bone-chilling cold, which seemed to only embolden the Ex Fabula audience to bundle up and face Old Man Winter for our December StorySlam (and the last of 2016), “Perfect Storm.”

As the crowd meandered into the Times Theater, there was an electricity in the air. While holiday tunes played overhead, strangers and friends chatted as audience members freed themselves from their protective layers and settled in for a night of love, laughter and loss.Continue reading “Perfect Storm – Recap”


Recap: It’s Complicated

Whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican, male or female, there’s no better phrase than “it’s complicated” to describe the mixed emotions Americans have felt over the last couple of weeks. And while many emotions come into play – surprise,  frustration, and more – November’s “It’s Complicated” StorySlam reminded us that complications are part of our lives, for better and for worse.

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Hidden StorySlam Recap

It was a perfect autumn evening with a warm breeze and a large harvest moon hanging low in the sky as fans and friends passed through the doors of the Milwaukee Public Museum. Audience members received the rare opportunity to explore the Museum after-hours, taking a stroll through The Streets of Old Milwaukee and other exhibits before settling in for a night of moving stories that made us laugh, cry and cheer.

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