Why volunteer with Ex Fabula?

There are many ways to get involved with Ex Fabula and volunteering is an excellent start!  Volunteers have created their own mission statement for Ex Fabula, which is “to create a welcoming environment for community members to connect through personal stories“.  Ex Fabula volunteers wear many hats and opportunities include anything from assisting with events to more independent, flexible projects.  We hope you’re able to find your niche and contribute your talents to the team.

two young men have a conversation while volunteering at a StorySlam
Zach and Jason converse while handing out UltraShorts at a StorySlam. Photo by Art Montes.

Take it from our current volunteers:

Thank you for taking the time, energy and leap of faith into programming that looks to better include all.” – Zachary

I meet such creative, welcoming people. It is truly a happy group!

This job reaffirmed for me my abilities as stage manager and my abilities as a leader. THANK YOU!

Ex Fabula offers the opportunity to meet interesting people who are passionate about the mission.

How can I get involved?

an Ex Fabula volunteer passes along surveys to guests at a StorySlam
Ilonna passes along surveys to guests at a StorySlam. Photo by Art Montes.
  • Review the opportunities below and decide which one is the best fit for your skills, interests, and schedule.  If you’re interested in volunteering at events:
  • If you’re interested in serving on a committee:
    • Contact us and let us know which committee you’re interested in and a bit about you and your background.
    • We’ll be in touch to chat and then connect you with the Committee Chair.
    • You’ll also need to attend volunteer orientation.

When are the next volunteer orientations?

  • Tuesday, May 22nd 6pm-7pm @ Washington Park Library (2121 N Sherman Blvd)
    • Sign up to register HERE
  • If you have questions or comments about potentially volunteering in the future, please email Ex Fabula’s community connector, Carolina, at carolina@exfabula.com

Volunteer opportunities (as of Season 9)

  • StorySlam Event Team

Time Commitment: 3-4 hours per month

Event volunteers ensure that Ex Fabula StorySlams run smoothly and that each audience member feels welcome. StorySlams take place September through May once a month on a weeknight.  There are multiple roles to be filled for a StorySlam from being welcoming guest at the door to signing storytellers up to share on stage.

Volunteers are able to signup for roles at a StorySlam through the volunteer newsletter.  Once you attend a volunteer orientation and become “active” you will receive the newsletter.  The newsletter also contains a lot of other vital information and opportunities and is sent out once a month.

  • Miscellaneous Tasks

Time Commitment: flexible; a few hours

Outside of StorySlams, volunteers are also able to work on projects and assignments around their personal schedule.  The volunteer coordinator offers a “volunteer meet up/work session” about once a month at a coffee shop to work on tasks such as: typing UltraShorts, entering in survey data, reviewing recorded stories for quality, providing skills towards graphic design projects, transcribing stories, etc.

Volunteers are notified of what the needs are for the month in the volunteer newsletter and can also work independently on projects!

  • Ex Fabula Street Team

Time Commitment: flexible; a few hours

The street team distributes posters and flyers several times a year – prior to the season, for large shows, and for special events. Add your name to the list and help us out when you can!

Committees Needs: 

  • Membership Subcommittee & Secret Fabula Team

Time Commitment: 3-4 hours per month

This subcommittee coordinates Ex Fabula’s membership program and coordinate benefits, including planning the special members-only Secret Fabula events.  Members of this team work Ex Fabula events as well, answering questions about membership and helping people to become members at the info & membership table. This is a Subcommittee of our PR/Development committee.

  • Volunteer Committee

Time Commitment: 3-4 hours per month

This team recruits, orients and trains Ex Fabula volunteers, celebrates the contributions of volunteers by throwing a volunteer party (usually held in spring), hands out volunteer t-shirts, and sends thank you notes. Like people? This committee wants you!

  • Marketing Committee

Time Commitment: 4-5 hours per month

Spread the word about Ex Fabula events, the people who take the stage, and their stories!  This is a Subcommittee of our PR/Development committee.

This team meets once a month to set the strategy, action items and due dates, and then each person implements their part of the plan.  They share a variety of items on our platforms including photos; event announcements; interviews with storytellers, workshop attendees, and volunteers; articles about storytelling, details of work Ex Fabula is doing in the community, and event recaps.

Other roles would include being a blogger, social media manager, photographer.


Want to learn more about the volunteer and committee needs for Season 9?  Email Carolina, Ex Fabula’s community connector, at carolina@exfabula.com with any questions or needs you may have.


Leadership Opportunities on the Board of Directors

We are accepting and reviewing applications on a rolling basis.

See Ex Fabula’s current Board Directors. 

Read about current Directors’ experiences on the Board.

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Board Members David Lee, Meghan Koven, Raina Johnson and Dan Anderson at the Season 8 opener in September 2016. Photo by Art Montes.

The Board supports Ex Fabula’s work by providing mission-based leadership, strategic governance, thought partnership, and oversight to advance its mission. While day-to-day operations are led by Ex Fabula’s Executive Director (ED), the Board-ED relationship is a partnership, and the appropriate involvement of the Board is both critical and expected.

Specific Board Director responsibilities include:

Leadership, governance and oversight

  • Participating in Strategic planning.
  • Serving as a trusted advisor to the ED as they implement Ex Fabula’s strategic plan.
  • Approving Ex Fabula’s annual budget, audit reports, and material business decisions; being informed of, and meeting all, legal and fiduciary responsibilities.
  • Serving on committees or task forces and taking on special assignments as needed.
  • Assisting the Governance committee in identifying and recruiting other Board Directors and/or Committee members.
  • Reviewing metrics data that evaluate Ex Fabula’s impact and mission achievement.
  • Reviewing agenda and supporting materials prior to Board and/or Committee meetings.
  • Acting as an ambassador for the organization.
  • Ensuring Ex Fabula’s commitment to a diverse Board and Staff that reflects the communities it serves is realized.


  • Making Ex Fabula a philanthropic priority with annual contributions that are commensurate with the financial capacity to give. So that Ex Fabula can credibly solicit contributions from foundations, organizations, and individuals, it is expected that 100% of Board Directors provide financial support on an annual basis.
  • Actively and consistently participating with Ex Fabula’s fund development efforts by leveraging personal and/or professional networks and relationships to support the organization.

Board Terms and Meetings

Ex Fabula Board Directors serve a 3-year term and are eligible for re-appointment for up to three consecutive terms. Board meetings are held every 2 months, and Committee meetings are held on an as-needed basis in coordination with full Board meetings.



Ideal Board candidates demonstrate:

  • A natural affinity for cultivating relationships and communicating, facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals.
  • Personal qualities of integrity and credibility.
  • Passion for Ex Fabula’s Mission and Vision.
  • Ability and desire to engage and follow-through on a working Board.

Specific skills

Ex Fabula is currently seeking candidates with the following specific skills and/or expertise:

  • Legal experience: General contract law mindset
  • Finance/Accounting experience: P&L review and analysis in collaboration with third-party accountant; willingness to serve as Treasurer
  • Connections to Milwaukee’s corporate & philanthropy circles

Members of underrepresented populations are strongly encouraged to apply. Service on the Ex Fabula Board of Directors is a volunteer position and without remuneration. For more information, please contact David Lee, Chair, Ex Fabula Governance Committee.