Born and raised in Hong Kong, Maurice Lai is an MFA graduate in Cinema Production of the School of Film and Television of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. He is one of the founders of Utopia Cantonese Opera Workshop, a dance filmmaker active in Hong Kong and Taiwan. He is currently Adjunct Assistant Professor at School of Dance of Taipei National University of the Arts, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and Coordinator (Technical Support) of Utopia Cantonese Opera Workshop, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Unlock Dancing Plaza, theatre panel member of the Programme and Development Committee of Leisure and Cultural Services Department and jury member of The Hong Kong Dance Awards. He is also the consultant of "Regenerative Institution Change in Hong Kong Cantonese Opera Sector" by Department of Sociology at The University of Hong Kong since 2018. In 2020, he set up HoShunKing Artistic Workshop in Taiwan.
Lai received The Hong Kong Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Video and Photography for Dance in 2015 and Outstanding Visual Design with Australian choreographer-cum-dance filmmaker Sue Healey for ON VIEW: HONG KONG in 2018 and for ON VIEW: PANORAMIC SUITE in 2022 produced by West Kowloon Cultural District. In 2017, he received the City Contemporary Dance Laureate from City Contemporary Dance Company.