Miranda McGee, an actress with Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, spends much of her time teaching acting.

The native Australian works with children as the company's Education Associate and works with adults as a leader of the Corporate Training Program with Nick Rose.

In her fourth season with CSC, McGee will be on stage in this season's productions of Richard II, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Measure for Measure.

Explain your role as an Education Associate.

I design the curriculum for all our outreach programs and train the touring company to execute it; I teach Groundlings Junior (the company's middle-school Shakespearean acting class), Teen Acting, Adult Acting, Shakespeare Adult Summer Intensive and co-direct our Shakespeare Summer Camp with Artistic Associate Jeremy Dubin; I compile study guides and work with teachers.

How do you convince people in suits to do silly things during team-building exercises?

Lead by example. If I'm not afraid to look like a fool, others will realize that is acceptable and relax. Once they relax, they realize how fun it is to play. Creativity and good communication all come from the ability to play.

Do you follow a script when working with corporate types?

I'll have a workshop outline based on client objectives, but I am an advocate of theater practitioner Viola Spolin who said, "If an exercise isn't working, move on."

Is the Groundlings Junior program where stars of tomorrow are learning their craft today?

These students are incredible; I don't know where we find them. They love Shakespeare; they get excited by alliteration and the curse of Macbeth and Shakespearean insults. I find I can throw anything at them and they think up a creative, unique spin on it. (Recently) one group used famous Hamlet lines to flirt in a high-school class ("What a piece of work is man!" etc)"¢they are coming to each play with such a fresh perspective, they're not jaded as we all can be sometimes "¢ (so) I steal their ideas and bring them into the rehearsal room.

Has your educational work influenced your stage work?

Without a doubt.

Working with people who are new to theater reminds you of why you fell in love with it and makes you excited to do your job every day.

Also, I find teaching the best way to learn how to be a better actor.

Sometimes I will be explaining a relaxation technique to someone then think "I should really do that more often, myself!"

Last year at our Summer Adult Shakespeare Intensive, I was encouraging my group to get out of their comfort zone, to trust themselves, and to embrace their failures.

Then I asked myself, "When is the last time your were out of your comfort zone, McGee?"