Rev. Michael A. Zampelli, S.J.
Rev. Michael A. Zampelli, S.J., was elected to the Marquette University Board of Trustees in 2011.
An associate professor of theatre in the Department of Theatre and Visual Arts at Fordham University, Father Zampelli serves as the director of first studies at Ciszek Hall in the Bronx. In this capacity, he guides the interdisciplinary intellectual formation of newly vowed Jesuits through a praxis-based curriculum designed to develop competencies necessary for evaluating the human, social, cultural, and religious contexts of their present and future ministries. Prior to these appointments in 2020, Father Zampelli was on the faculty of Santa Clara University from 1998 to 2020.
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 early-modern performance to several book volumes, the most recent of which include Catholic Theatre and Drama: Critical Essays; Brill’s Companion to Hrotsvit of Gandersheim; Music as Cultural Mission: Explorations of Jesuit Practices in Italy and North America; and The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the Jesuits. In conjunction with his teaching and research, Father Zampelli also directs. In May 2020, he directed a fully online production of Lauren Gunderson’s The Revolutionists with students at Santa Clara University as part of a season celebrating the 100th anniversary of U.S. women’s suffrage.
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. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1982 and was ordained a priest in 1993.