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

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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