John Francisco moved to Philadelphia in 2015 to launch his very own music program. During his brief Philly tenure, he’s worked with a variety of Philadelphia organizations – Philly PACK, NEST, Mi Casita, Friends of Rittenhouse, and South Street Headhouse District.
Previously, he worked as a teaching artist in Chicago serving children of all ages and abilities, in a wide variety of settings and across multiple artistic disciplines (music, drama, dance, visual arts, playwrighting, etc.) John was an instructor at the Old Town School of Folk Music – teaching Wiggleworms, kid’s guitar and piano, and elementary music instruction for the Northshore Academy Elementary, where he worked with children struggling with emotional, social, and behavioral demands of school. John also worked extensively with children with special needs – including six years with the Red Kite Project at Chicago Children’s Theatre (CCT.) While there, he was a performer and creative contributor of sensory-based interactive theatrical experiences for children with autism and their families, he served as Curriculum Developer, Camp Director and Lead Music/Drama Teacher for Camp Red Kite, CCT’s daycamp for children with autism, and was a co-leader and developer of CCT’s Polk Workshops for Chicago Public School teachers and administrators. John also worked for many years at Erikson Institute, the premier graduate school in child development.
Additionally, he has performed for children and families in all types of settings – hospitals, music festivals, theatrical performances (including his original show A Party with Mister John as part of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival,) and, of course, at countless birthday parties.
Lilly Mento is excited to become a member of the Mister John Music family! For the past year, Lilly has been working as a personal nanny for families in the Queen Village area. Previously, she served as a Lead Toddler Teacher at Bright Horizons at Philadelphia, where she created and implemented weekly lesson plans. Lilly was also responsible for promoting creativity and movement activities, in order to foster self- and body-awareness. Lilly has assumed both an Assistant and Lead Director role in various summer camp programs, including White Clay Creek State Park in Newark, Delaware, where she organized nature-based curricula for school-aged children. In 2015, Lilly earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Delaware. Throughout her undergraduate career, Lilly has worked with children birth to age 8 in a variety of settings and stages of development.
Diego Bedoya has been a working musician and teaching artist for ten years in a variety of settings. As an active musician in the Philadelphia area he has been part of multiple projects, ranging from musical theater to cover bands. He was guitar player for the Community College of Philadelphia Jazz band for four years, has played lead guitar for multiple rock bands, has accompanied multiple singers and has worked extensively as a solo instrumentalist. He is also a co-founder and the guitar player for Bridgett and the Asteroids, a jazz trio from Philadelphia, and has played lead guitar for Mister John’s house band since 2015. He holds an Associates degree in Performing Jazz guitar from the Community College of Philadelphia and Bachelors degree in Science in Music from Temple University.
Creative Consultant, Studio Design & Web Developer
David’s a true jack-of-all-trades. He has brought his multi-disciplinary knowledge and skills along with his love of both cutting edge technologies and old-school methods to Mister John’s Music. David and John Francisco have been friends since 2012, and working with Sean Hunt, he continues to shape the look of Mister John’s Music program including graphic design elements, original puppet creations, special effects, lighting and so many of the visual elements you’ll find at Mister John’s Music.
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Sean is a musical theatre actor from a large, talented family. Sean is incredibly creative, resourceful and has known John Francisco since 2007 . He’s also apt to break out into impromptu tap numbers at any moment.
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