Student Profile: Isabella Fehlandt & Philip Wilson

Student Profile: Isabella Fehlandt & Philip Wilson

Dec 18 2013

Two talented students receive inaugural Kunal & Neha Nayyar Scholarship

Seniors Isabella Fehlandt and Philip Wilson are the first recipients of the Kunal & Neha Nayyar Scholarship, established by alumnus Kunal Nayyar, MFA '06, and his wife Neha Kapur. Nayyar, star of CBS's The Big Bang Theory, has pledged $125,000 to support current theater students at Temple University. The fund provides two $10,000 scholarships for students studying acting who have demonstrated financial need, with a preference for students who attended urban public schools. In addition, the fund provides $5,000 yearly in travel stipends to assist students attending graduate school auditions and conferences.

This scholarship has provided Isabella Fehlandt, of Wilmington, Delaware, and Philip Wilson, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, another chance at theater education.


Acting concentration student Isabella Fehlandt began her education at Temple in 2012 after two years at Delaware County Community College. Unfortunately tragic circumstances made continuing at Temple questionable for Isabella; "The sudden death of a parent three weeks before my first semester at Temple created a severe financial uncertainty in remaining at school for upcoming semesters. For me and my family, scholarships and grants would be the only option to pay for school. " The Nayyar Scholarship has allowed Isabella to continue her studies at Temple University and plan for her post-graduate future.

A talented actor and dancer, Isabella appeared in a number of show at Delaware County Community College including Arsenic and Old Lace (Elaine), Much Ado About Nothing (Beatrice), and Travesties (Cecily). Recently she appeared as an ensemble member and featured dancer in Temple Theater's Oklahoma! by Rodgers & Hammerstein. Isabella has been cast as Lady Macduff in the upcoming production of Macbeth.

The opportunity to be a part of this production under the direction of Dan Kern is what I am looking forward to most this coming spring. To be a part of this ensemble of undergraduate and graduate actors working with classical text will be an exciting experience for me.  This will also be my first time working with stage combat and/or swordplay in a performance on stage.

After her graduation, Isabella plans to working Philadelphia and New York City, pursuing both her interest in acting and fitness.

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Isabella in OKLAHOMA

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My goals for post graduation consist of auditioning and working in and around Philadelphia and New York City while furthering my training by taking theater and film acting classes and dance classes. I very much want to travel, and to do so while also having the opportunity to perform on stage [in a touring production] is incredibly appealing to me!

I have become more passionate and inspired by the Yoga/Pilates community. The ideals behind eating healthy and keeping an active lifestyle are very desirable to me, so I am looking into the process of becoming a Yoga, Pilates, and/or CrossFit instructor. My goal is to learn more about this process, and eventually be able to teach to other people while creating a healthier lifestyle for myself and for others.


Like Isabella, twenty-five year old, Philip Wilson is a transfer student. Philip attended Point Park University in Pittsburgh before starting at

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Temple University in 2012. Paying for college was difficult for Philip; he had to withdraw from school  in order to earn enough to pay down the debit he owed. The Nayyar Scholarship allowed Philip to return earlier than expected. "Because of this scholarship I can continue studying what I love to do, finally graduate, and be prepared to go out and work in the field."

A charismatic singer and actor Philip is very passionate about theater. "I was introduced to theater in high school by my theater teacher Roger Babusci who taught me a lot. I haven’t been able to stop since." Philip appeared in Mauckingbird Theater Company's acclaimed Much Ado About Nothing in 2012, directed by Professor Peter Reynolds. Of Philip, Peter says, "Philip is a gifted singing actor.  I am thrilled that the Nayyar scholarship will enable Philip to continue his theater studies at Temple."

Philip was casted in Temple Theaters' upcoming production of Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical as Margaret Mead/Tribe Member. Philip is looking forward to working on one of his favorite musical, under the direction of Brandon McShaffrey. "I’m excited to be working in such a great ensemble show with a talented cast and production team."

After his graduation next fall, Philip plans to pursue an acting career in Chicago, Illinois. But for now, he says, "My goals for the next two semesters are to soak in as much information as I can so that I can be ready for the business side and get right to work."

The Kunal & Neha Nayyar Scholarship Fund has given these two students another chance at a Temple Made theater education. Macbeth, with Isabella Fehlandt as Lady Macduff, begins February 12, and Hair, with Philip Wilson, starts March 26.


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