From the Cascade Range and the mosaic cathedrals of Spain, to Israeli boulevards and French cafés, Grace Snyder’s cultivated love for the arts has propelled her into a world of thrilling diversity.
Long before her theatric pursuits at Northwest University, Snyder began as a young girl in a practice room among fellow toddler ballerinas and tap-dancers. She recalls many nights in her living room performing little shows for her family. “I wanted to be so many things,” Snyder explains, “but I didn’t think I had the talent to pursue all of those professions. Instead, I found joy in portraying them. I could celebrate different stories, pay tribute to these character’s experiences and do them justice by playing them well.”
With eight years of acquired dance experience as she transitioned into high school, Snyder’s growing affinity for theater became an ambitious passion. A true eclectic, she reveled in the humorous candor of Charlie Chaplin and studied a wide range of musical talents from Billie Holiday to Regina Spektor. Such icons became her mentors, and Snyder would go on to play a myriad of roles in over 20 large productions throughout her teenage career.
Yet, as she neared the end of her senior year, Snyder realized that she longed for something more than the conventional movement of her peers into higher education. Instead, she would find herself 6,000 miles distant, travelling across the Eurasian continent, immersed in an artist’s Mecca. For a year and a half, Snyder lived and taught acting in Spain and trekked to Jerusalem where she confided with buskers in Davidka Square. Her invaluable experience abroad catalyzed a newfound zeal for her professional endeavor into the arts.
Snyder’s return to the states would eventually lead her to a quaint, beautiful campus conveniently located near Seattle’s epicenter of aesthetic culture. On her first year at Northwest University, Snyder says, “I’ve lived communally before, but NU was a true culture shock. I have never grown so close to people so quickly, in a way where I feel I can express myself freely. These people, they really care about me.”
Snyder has since become heavily involved in NU’s fine arts, starring in last year’s Learned Ladies of Park Avenue, Thursday night Improv, and an upcoming role in this fall’s The Comedy of Errors. Professor Chrystal Helmcke who has directed many of our shows here said it well, “Snyder’s audition for Learned Ladies was one of the most impressive I’ve ever seen at NU. Grace has such a sense of joy, curiosity, compassion, and intensity. She takes risks and displays a natural hunger for growth. I can see the light of Christ that comes from her on stage.” Although Snyder has flourished as an artist, her journey is far from resolved. With humble grace, she continues to pursue life through discovery.
Written by McManus