Rev. Michael A. Zampelli, S.J. was elected to the Marquette University Board of Trustees in 2011. He serves as rector of the Jesuit community and is the Paul Locatalli, S.J., 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. 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,
and The Jesuits II: Cultures, Sciences, and the Arts, 1540–
. 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.
As rector, he is the religious superior for the Jesuits living and working at Santa Clara University.
Father Zampelli earned an undergraduate degree in English from
Georgetown University, a master's degree in humanities from Fordham
University, master of divinity and master of sacred theology from the
Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, and doctoral degree in drama
from Tufts University in 1998. He was ordained a priest in 1993.