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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Art, Stories, Power, Dissent

Ex Fabula recently joined the Chipstone Foundation at the Milwaukee Art Museum for a special storytelling workshop. First, Chipstone staff took attendees on a powerful and moving gallery tour of the nineteenth-century ceramics of David Drake and other artists of the African diaspora; then, participants brainstormed, structured, and shared complex personal, true stories of power, identity, ownership, resistance, and dissent.Continue reading “Art, Stories, Power, Dissent”


ALL STARS 2017: Unfinished Business Recap

There’s nothing quite like the end of yet another successful Ex Fabula season. And unlike the theme of this year’s ALL STAR StorySlam hosted at historic Turner Hall this past Thursday night, we can honestly say there are no signs of Unfinished Business regarding our goals for season 8. Because the goal is simple: to bring people together to tell true, personal stories. And that’s exactly what we did. Continue reading “ALL STARS 2017: Unfinished Business Recap”


ALL STARS 2017 poster with a microphone and a small drawing of Milwaukee buildings

Meet the Season 8 ALL STARS

What does it take to be an ALL STAR? The season 8 contenders tell us what makes them feel like an all star when they take stage and how they came to be ALL STARS. Hear all of their stories May 18 at Turner Hall Ballroom. General admission tickets are now available for the show, which starts at 7:30 pm with doors at 6:30. Continue reading “Meet the Season 8 ALL STARS”


MKE Big Read: COURAGE

The Force was with us on May 4th as Ex Fabula took over the stage at Milwaukee Central Library’s Centennial Hall for the MKE Big Read Bilingual StorySlam. This year Ex Fabula was pleased to partner with Milwaukee Public Library for the 2017 MKE Big Read and our Storytellers showed some amazing “Courage” as they shared stories on this theme.Continue reading “MKE Big Read: COURAGE”


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What’s it really like to serve on the board of Ex Fabula?

Are you looking to advance your skills in a leadership capacity with a growing Milwaukee non-profit? You’ve come to the right place. We’re currently seeking applicants to serve in positions on our board of directors for Ex Fabula. We recently sat down with current board members for their insight into board service with us, and to possibly nudge you to submit your application before May 31.

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Practicing Courage: a storytelling workshop recap

Talking about courage takes a lot of courage. At the MKE Big Read storytelling workshop on Thursday, April 13 at the UWM Union, an intimate group of ten storytellers came together to craft and share their tales of courage. I was one of them. I didn’t intend to be. I thought I’d just volunteer, write a blog post and that’d be it. No courage needed. I was wrong. Continue reading “Practicing Courage: a storytelling workshop recap”


Only In Milwaukee StorySlam Recap

Milwaukee is a uniquely diverse city. We’re known for our beer and brats, but locals know there’s much more. We’ve got the Bronze Fonz, The Calatrava and some might say, we even had a lion. On Wednesday, we gathered at 3041 North. Nine storytellers shared their “Only In Milwaukee” experiences.

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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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Secret Fabula Recap: Out of This World

Our first Secret Fabula of 2017 took us on a wild, out-of-this-world adventure. A sold-out crowd of about 70 Ex Fabula members and friends gathered in the intimate UWM Planetarium for team trivia and stories under the stars.

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