Rev. Michael A. Zampelli, S.J., was elected to the Marquette University Board of Trustees in 2011.
He is the Paul L. Locatelli, S.J., University Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Santa Clara University. Father Zampelli teaches courses in performance and culture, gender/sexuality in performance, theatre history, and literature. His scholarly work has appeared in journals such as Theatre Survey, Text and Presentation, and The Journal of Religion and Theatre. He has also contributed essays on pre- and earlymodern performance to several book volumes, including From Rome to Eternity: Catholicism and the Arts in Italy, 1550–1650 ; Hrotsvit of Gandersheim: Contexts, Identities, Affinities, and Performances ; The Jesuits II: Cultures, Sciences, and the Arts, 1540–1773 ; Brill’s Companion to Hrotsvit of Gandersheim (fl. 960) ; and Music as Cultural Mission: Explorations of Jesuit Practices in Italy and North America . In conjunction with his teaching and research, Father Zampelli also directs. He is particularly concerned with the process of retrieving historical performances for contemporary audiences.
He presently holds the Loyola Chair in the Department of Theatre at Fordham University in New York.
Father Zampelli earned an undergraduate degree in English from Georgetown University, a master’s degree in humanities from Fordham University, a master of divinity and master of sacred theology from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, and a doctoral degree in drama from Tufts University in 1998. He was ordained a priest in 1993.