"For more than 30 years Candace Mazur Darman has been a successful teaching artist in central Ohio. She is the founder of Dramatic Impact, a nationally acclaimed children's theatre company. Darman has brought her dynamic story play to classrooms around Ohio and venues such as the Columbus Arts Festival, Dublin Irish Festival, First Night Columbus, COSI, Delaware Arts Castle and Franklin Park Conservatory, just to name a few.
As a teaching artist for Very Special Arts Ohio and the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education, Darman works in inclusive classrooms to enhance teaching and learning through arts-integrated residencies and differentiated curriculum. Her career has reached thousands of children providing a safe and nurturing environment from which imaginations can explore and grow.
Throughout her long and active career, Darman has vigorously advocated for the promise of arts education and the lifelong learning it inspire, for the important of honoring and celebrating play, natural creativity, imagination, and improvisation. Her work recognizes what children are capable of achieving if given the chance to apply their individual and unique strengths to their learning process. "