Rev. Michael A. Zampelli, S.J., rector of the Jesuit community and the Paul Locatalli, S.J., Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Santa Clara University, has been elected to the Marquette University Board of Trustees.
Zampelli teaches courses in performance and culture, gender/sexuality in performance, theatre history, and literature. Father Zampelli’s scholarly work has appeared in journals such as Theatre Survey, Text and Presentation, and Religion and Theatre. He has also contributed essays on pre- and early-modern performance to several book volumes, including From Rome to Eternity: Catholicism and the Arts in Italy, 1550—1650 and The Jesuits II: Cultures, Sciences, and the Arts, 1540—1773.
In conjunction with his teaching and research, Father Zampelli also directs stage performances. He is particularly concerned with the process of retrieving historical performances for contemporary audiences. As rector, he is the religious superior for the Jesuits living and working at Santa Clara University.
Father Zampelli earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Georgetown University, a master’s degree in humanities from Fordham University, master of divinity and master of sacred theology degrees from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, and a doctorate in drama from Tufts University in 1998. He was ordained a priest in 1993.
“Father Zampelli is as passionate about Catholic, Jesuit higher education as he is knowledgeable and experienced. He’s one of those gifted educators who leaves students spellbound in lecture halls. As a Santa Clara faculty member with a keen understanding of academia, he will bring a valuable perspective to Marquette’s board of trustees,” said Marquette President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J.