Chris Lorway is the executive director of Stanford Live. He was born on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia. He completed his undergraduate degree in music, and received an M.A. in arts administration from Columbia University. Chris has held leadership posts at arts organizations on both sides of the US-Canada border, including the Lincoln Center and Massey Hall, and also consulted globally for major organizations such as Carnegie Hall, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and the San Francisco Opera. In his current role at Stanford, he oversees over 150 performances and events a season and continues to commission and develop new works. During COVID, Chris has utilized his past experiences in film and media to create a comprehensive digital season that features Bay Area musicians captured by local filmmakers.