Ian McGlynn studied theatre at the University of Warwick and Mountview Theatre School, before going on to act and direct professionally. In 2007, Ian was appointed as Theatre Director of The Rondo Theatre in Bath. Ian is also the founder and Artistic Director of Provocation, a theatre company devoted to witty, vivid and literate new writing.

He began his writing career creating comedy sketches for the West End cabaret, Ism. His first full-length play, the comedy-drama Reunion, was produced at The Rondo in November 2005. This was followed by a second full-length piece, the relationship/thriller Presence, in March 2007.

An Act of Twisting, the first piece produced by Provocation, combined humour, drama and shocking action to explore the morality of captivity and torture, as well as raise important questions about the treatment of prisoners.

2009 saw the production of Love Bites, the history of a couple's romances, while 2010's Shelter was a coruscating examination of the mechanics of homelessness.