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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”


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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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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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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!


ALL STARS 2016: Game Changer Recap

The end of the season…..already? Yes, its true. On Saturday, Ex Fabula concluded another spectacular season with the annual ALL STARS StorySlam.  Locals filled the Pitman Theatre to hear fresh, ten-minute true, personal tales from this season’s Audience Favorites relating to the evening’s theme Game ChangerContinue reading “ALL STARS 2016: Game Changer Recap”


Season Seven ALL STARS: Game Changer

Fellowships, community dialogues & new neighborhoods.  Community partnerships, new venues & a bilingual StorySlam. Season Seven has definitely been full of growth and in many ways a game changer for Ex Fabula. Continue reading “Season Seven ALL STARS: Game Changer”


Forgotten:Recap

Mother Nature, did you forget that it’s spring? While we continue to navigate the fluctuating weather patterns, locals packed into the Times Cinema on Tuesday evening for true, personal stories relating to the theme of Forgotten’.Continue reading “Forgotten:Recap”


American Dream/Sueño Americano

Hola! ¿Te gustaría escuchar historias personales? On Thursday locals poured into Hot Water Wherehouse for a what was sure to be a very unique evening. Continue reading “American Dream/Sueño Americano”


Music & Storytelling: February Events

Music and storytelling are two sides of the same coin. Each is rooted in a personal truth and carries its own distinct rhythm and universal language. With such a wide variety of melodies, manuscripts & oral recordings to choose from, one is bound to find something that resonates within. Music and storytelling continue to allow us to connect with unknown worlds and individuals; relive forgotten moments, work though our emotions. Some elements frighten us, while others grab on tight to our curiosities imploring us to go beyond our comfort zones.

Speaking of comfort & curiosity, who’s in the mood for an evening of fresh tunes and tales? Ex Fabula and Milwaukee band Panalure are delighted to team up once again to present Cabin Fever, Songs for a Cold Winter Night. Join us February 13th at Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co., for a night of true, personal stories accompanied by original acoustic music from Panalure.  This event was a HUGE success last year so be sure to get your tickets early! Grab your tickets today! Satisfy your curiosities about storytelling & StorySlams by clicking here.

Need more stories in your life? Join Ex Fabula February 16th at 3041 North for our next StorySlam. Come share, or simply listen to, real life narratives on the theme of Fatherhood. Tickets are available now! A big thanks to event partners SWC PENtastic Open Mic & Walnut Way Corporation, event sponsor United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County and season sponsor Transfer Pizzeria Café. Lots more news to come! See you soon!

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