He is an actor, director, and writer for stage and screen, as well as a photographer, singer, and musician.
He does research with the C.N.R.S. on Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art. He is particularly interested in the Creative Process, the Phenomenology of Creation, and the link between Art and Spirituality.
He is the founder and the editor-in-chief of the journal p-e-r-f-o-r-m-a-n-c-e, journal of art research and creation on Performing and Visual Arts.
Ivan Magrin-Chagnolleau was trained in Research in Paris. He worked first on voice and language technologies, and more particularly on systems that recognize people from their voice. He was also trained in linguistics, phonetics, and psychology. He then got his first position with the C.N.R.S. (the French National Center for Scientific Research) in Lyon, France, to work in a research lab specialized in Linguistics.
Ivan Magrin-Chagnolleau was also trained as an artist. He studied music, and more particularly piano and singing, with various private teachers. He co-founded the vocal group Ut Musica Poesis, a group that gave many concerts of Middle Age and Renaissance music. He sang the tenor parts with the group for six years. He also sang the tenor parts in the Vocal Group Françoise Herr for two years. He studied photography at the École des Beaux-Arts in Rennes, and drawing at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris.
While he was in Lyon, he co-founded the Padrivantia Company. The company gave several concerts and created a musical, Diabolus in Musica. Ivan also took acting classes with Élisabeth Saint-Blancat at the Théâtre des Clochards Célestes, in Lyon. He was then trained as an actor and a director at the Actors Studio Drama School in New York for three years.
He founded his theater company, the Aloha Company, and produces and directs shows regularly. He continues to play regularly on stage and in film. He wrote his first plays and screenplays, and led a screenwriter circle for several years. He founded his production company, Aloha Films, to produce and direct his first short films.