Fly High Stories was founded by old friends, director Jemma Gross and writer Rachel Barnett-Jones, to create work for family audiences with an emphasis on growth mindset and confidence building. Both mothers, they were inspired by a desire to create accessible stories on stage, screen and radio which their children would be captivated by. They are committed to making work which can be enjoyed and understood by young audiences everywhere.
Rachel's work has been performed at theatres in the UK and abroad including The Royal Court, Chichester Festival Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Source in New York, Live Girls in Seattle, Key City Public Theatre in Washington and Auroville in India.
Following a BA in English Literature from Cardiff University and an MA in Writing for Performance from Central School of Speech and Drama she has specialised in working with young people, people with disabilities and community groups. She shares her time between playwriting, producing, workshop leading, lecturing, and looking after her little boy.
Jemma is a theatre and film director as well as producer, dramaturge and teacher. Recent credits include RATTLED by Rachel Harper at The Old Red Lion, and short film, Origami by Sumerah Srivastav, a low-fi sci-fi drama with Pearl Mackie (Dr. Who) and Nicholas Pinnock (Fortitude, Marcella) produced by 130 Elektra Films.
Jemma is also an Associate Director for the NT Connections Festival, and an invited member of The Director's Lab, Lincoln Centre, New York. She is one of the founding board members for Stage Directors UK, and an Associate Trustee for the Directors Charitable Foundation. And most importantly to her, Jemma is also a Mum and creates work that she can enjoy with her daughter.