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Daniel Roche



M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Playwriting, San Francisco State University, 2012

M.A. in English, Creative Writing Poetry, San Francisco State University, 2011

B.A. in English Literature, Arizona State University, 2004

Awards and Honors

  • Gold Medal for Short Animated Film, New Media | Digital Arts Film Festival UK (2024)
  • Best Animation International, Short Film Category, Alternative Film Festival (2023)
  • Official Selection, Brooklyn Sci Fi Film Festival (2023)
  • Grand Jury Prize, Best Screenplay, Film Invasion Los Angeles (2021)
  • Best Science Fiction Teleplay, Fantasy and Science Fiction Film Festival (2021)
  • Best Comedy Teleplay, Oregon Short Film Festival (2021)
  • LAS Impact Award, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2020)
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2020)
  • Listed as "Teacher Ranked as Excellent" for 7 of 8 semesters, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2019-2023) 
  • Instructor of the Year, Guangdong Peizheng College (2014)

Courses Taught

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Principles of Technical Communication
Creative Game Design and Narrative
Global Business Communication
Principles of Business Communication
Social Impact Through Motion Media Arts and Technology (assistant to John Toenjes)

University of Colorado at Denver         

Core Composition I & II
Introduction to Creative Writing
Technology in Modern Theater
Modern Drama as Literature
Screenwriting and Playwriting Workshop

Additional Campus Affiliations

Affiliate Faculty, Game Studies and Design

academic positions

2019-Present, Lecturer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of English, Champaign Urbana, Illinois

2015-2019, Associate Program Chair and Instructor, University of Colorado at Denver, Department of English, Beijing, China

2013-2015, Program Director and Instructor, Guangdong Peizheng College, School of Foreign Languages, Guangzhou, China