Hello and Goodbye: The Ex Fabula Board of Directors

When one door closes, another one opens. While it’s always hard to say goodbye to board members, fortunately for us, Milwaukee is a hub for fresh faces. We couldn’t be more thankful for the new talent joining the Ex Fabula Board of Directors! Continue reading “Hello and Goodbye: The Ex Fabula Board of Directors”


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Discovering that I Didn’t Know the Whole Story

by guest blogger Rochelle Fritsch

Two years ago, I walked into the Zeidler Center for Public Discussion thinking — and knowing – I was in the right place at the right time.

Race and Privilege Stories. That’s I was there for, along with others of Ex Fabula’s inaugural Class of Fellows. This group of ethnically and racially diverse people were committed to sharing personal stories about race and privilege with the community.Continue reading “Discovering that I Didn’t Know the Whole Story”


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Best-kept Secret? Ex Fabula Memberships

Defined by wordsmith guru’s Merriam-Webster, a best-kept secret is a very good thing that not many people know about. At Ex Fabula, we feel that way about our wonderful membership program. Did you know that in addition to our monthly slams, we have special benefits that only members have access to? But don’t just take our word for it!

Here’s what Branch Manager of the Urban Ecology Center – Menomonee Valley, Glenna Holstein had to say:

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Ex Fabula Invites You To Tell Your Story As Part Of The Equal Access Project

Ex Fabula is excited to announce the second year of the Equal Access Project, which aims to amplify the voices and stories of individuals with disabilities.  Throughout the first year we’ve had many successes and learning opportunities.  Like, did you know that there are only a handful of wheelchair accessible stages in the Milwaukee area?  The Equal Access Project, in partnership with various disability-focused organizations brings these issues to light while creating an inclusive and accessible environment for all.

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Meet Ex Fabula’s New Event Producer, Kennita!

HI!  I’m Kennita Hickman and I’m very excited to work for Ex Fabula as their new Event Producer.  I would consider myself an urban cultural and music writer, entrepreneur and health enthusiast. I also own a boutique full service brand development and management company called Catera OmniVision group, where I manage and develop independent talent.

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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”