MSJC’s Shezwae Powell is Arts Council Menifee’s January 2020 Artist of the Month

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Shezwae Powell, actress and department chair of Mt. San Jacinto College, is Arts Council Menifee’s Artist of the Month for January 2020. Valley News/ Courtesy photo
Shezwae Powell is the department chair for the Theater Arts Department of Menifee’s Mt. San Jacinto College. She was born in Riverside and was involved in a number of creative endeavors as she grew up including dance classes, church choir and piano lessons. Her father was a jazz musician and educator, and he saw nothing but opportunity for his daughter in the wake of the civil rights movement. Growing up, Powell and her family saw a professional career in her future. After considering the traditional list of jobs like being a doctor or lawyer, the family came to the realization that “being a psychologist would do.” Powell attended University of California Berkeley where she received a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Upon graduation, she began substitute teaching and launched a
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