Velda has been involved in Drama since taking a degree in BA (Hons) English and Drama at the University of Manchester. She has since worked at the University of Sheffield, the Central School of Speech and Drama, Bretton Hall and the University of Hong Kong.
As well as a number of academic publications, papers and seminars, she has written three plays: Dragon Heart Village, a play devised for S1 Students at the TWGS Kap Yan College (1994) and Street Educators of Sao Paulo and A Language for Life : two short plays devised from Amnesty case histories (1993).
Her directing credits are:
- Knuckle, Brand, Animal Farm, Cloud Nine (Crucible Studio, Sheffield)
- The Country Wife, The American Dream, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Crucible, The Visit, What the Butler Saw, The Winter's Tale, The Threepenny Opera (Sheffield City Polytechnic Drama Studio)
- 20 TIE plays for primary children as writer/deviser
One Day When We Were Young
A Sheffield Theatres and Paines Plough Co- production
Roundabout Season Crucible Studio, Sheffield
Yes, Prime Minister
Chichester Festival Theatre Production
Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield, and touring