Velma Austin makes her Steppenwolf debut in the 2005 production of Intimate Apparel. Most recently Velma appeared in August Wilson's Joe Turner's Come And Gone at the St. Louis Black Repertory, where she had also appeared in The Screened In Porch, Spirit North and I Am A Man. Her most recent stage work includes Waiting To Be Invited, Bourbon At The Boarder and Un-Spoken Prayers. Additional theater credit includes The Sovereign State of Boogedy, The Colored Museum, The Sutherland, Root Causes, God's Trombones and The Piano Lesson. Velma's awards include a Joseph Jefferson for Best Actress, Woodie Award, a Black Theater Alliance Award and many other nominations in Chicago and New York. Velma spent 4-years touring with lead roles in Shelly Garrett's original Beauty Shop and Living Room. She made her film debut in Losing Isaiah with Halle Berry and Jessica Lange, followed by Light It Up with Usher and Vanessa Williams. When not on stage, Velma enjoys traveling and cooking for her business, Oh My Goodness! Catering. She was born and raised in the countryside of Kingston, Jamaica. Velma is a graduate of United States International University. Giving credit to God, Velma also gives thanks to her husband, son and family.