Thor Steingraber's artistic career spans more than 20 years, directing at major venues from the Lincoln Center to theaters in Europe and Asia, as well as the Los Angeles Opera. Since his appointment as executive director of the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts (The Soraya) in 2014, Steingraber has brought acclaim to the 1700-seat venue. Steingraber's lifetime experience as a producer has brought to The Soraya some of the most innovative and diverse programming in the region. Steingraber is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School and was its first fellow for arts and culture. He was subsequently vice president of two of the nation's largest performing arts centers – The Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, and The Music Center in downtown Los Angeles, where he was responsible for opening Grand Park.