About Rev. Michael A. Zampelli, S.J., Ph.D.
Guest Speaker, Depth of Thought, Depth of Imagination: Challenging Superficiality Monday, February 13, 2012
Rev. Michael Zampelli, S.J., serves as rector of the Jesuit community at Santa Clara University and is the Paul Locatelli, S.J., Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance. An associate professor, Father Zampelli has been on faculty at Santa Clara since 1998 teaching courses in performance and culture, gender/sexuality in performance, theatre history, and literature. His major research interests include the early modern Italian professional theatre, particularly the work of actor/dramatist Giovan Battista Andreini (1576–1654); religious criticism of the theatre; the dynamics of Jesuit performance; and the spiritual functions of theatre, especially in the work of 10th-century Saxon canoness Hrotsvit of Gandersheim.
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 (Brill); The Jesuits II: Cultures, Sciences, and the Arts, 1540–1773 (University of Toronto Press); Hrotsvit of Gandersheim: Contexts, Identities, Affinities, and Performances (University of Toronto Press); and Catholic Theatre and Drama: Critical Essays (McFarland and Company). 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.
Father Zampelli received his undergraduate degree in English from Georgetown University, 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.