John Avarese
A life-long musician, John Avarese began studying classical piano at the age of four and by the age of seven he was performing recitals with classical music ensembles. Eventually, John started a music production company that utilized computer based technology to produce original music for a wide range of corporate and commercial clients. He is well known for his ability to produce complex original scores that effectively support the objectives of video producers and filmmakers.

In 2006, John won the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts Fellowship in Music for Jazz/Blues/World and Non-classical Composition and in 2002 he received a grant from the Philadelphia Independent Film and Video Association (PIFVA) for scoring the Buster Keaton silent film, Cops. He is currently an Associate Teaching Professor at Drexel University, in the Cinema and Television Department, teaching all aspects of film sound, including Production Sound Recording and Audio Post-Production.

To this date, Avarese has composed over 4000 commissioned scores and recorded an elegant collection of film music, as well as mixing and sound design on hundreds of projects. This includes twenty-seven theatrical feature films, scores of short films, and six surround sound planetarium features. Visit to find out more. John is a Faculty Advisor for Dragon Productions.


Nick Natalicchio
Nick is an award-winning video production and multimedia professional with over 8 years of hands-on experience across multiple industries. He has produced and edited videos for clients such as Johnson & Johnson, Merk, AstraZeneca, SAP, and Quaker Oats as well as the James A. Michener Art Museum, GENYOUth Foundation, and National Football League.

He recieved a BA in Film & Media Arts from Temple University and a MA in Media Studies with a focus in Film & Video from The New School for Public Engagement. Nick is the Executive Producer of Dragon productions.

Tom Quinn
Tom Quinn is an award-winning writer/director based outside of Philadelphia. He is a Gotham and Independent Spirit Award nominee for his film THE NEW YEAR PARADE, which won the Grand Jury Prize at Slamdance and screened at over 40 festival and venues internationally.

Tom was listed one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film by FILMMAKER MAGAZINE and one of the Ten Young Writer-Directors to Watch by MOVIEMAKER. He was a VFX producer at DIVE on LAWLESS, SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED, and THE CHERNOBYL DIARIES. He current project, THE ASSUMPTION, was recently selected for IFP’s Emerging Narrative program. Tom is a Faculty Advisor for Dragon Productions.