""a spitfire with a Broadway belt and a performance spiced with endearing poignancy"
"...plays coming of age Annie with gusto. Your heart aches for this character. Thompson is another force who will rise through the ranks as a major actor" -JOANNE GRECO ROCHMAN/ REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN
“The acting and singing are incredibly strong… Mandy Leigh Thompson, as Natalie, is utterly convincing as an overachieving teenage daughter, trying desperately to compete against a dead brother for her mother’s affection and recognition."
-NAFTALI ROTTENSTREICH/ THE POST-STAR ( WINNER OF THE 2009 PULITZER PRIZE)
"outstanding performances" - LAUREN YARGER/ BROADWAYWORLD.COM
"sublime" - NANCY SASSO JANIS / CT Critics' Circle
"The cast is great. Not only does each person sing well, they use the music to develop strong and memorable characters... Mandy Leigh Thompson as the sometimes abrasive daughter Natalie is very good as the teenage who solves her mommy issues through bad behavior. In a touch of irony, she counsels her mother to stop taking her meds while escaping her own reality by abusing recreational drugs."
-BOB GOEPFERT/ THE TROY RECORD
Mandy Leigh Thompson began her early professional training with , lifelong mentor, Lenka Peterson! Lenka was one of the first members of The Actor’s Studio and a Tony Award nominated Broadway, film and television actress. Mandy went on to study acting and theater education at Emerson College in Boston. She is currently a recurring cast member on RUTHLESSSPECTATOR.COM staring Rob Bartlett and written by former Saturday Night Live Head Writer, Andrew Smith. On Ruthless, you can see her play characters such as Sarah Palin, Rachel Ray, Mother Teresa and Ivanka Trump.
Regionally, she’s played the coveted role of “Natalie” in Next to Normal opposite Broadway leading lady Sarah Litzsinger at the Adirondack Theatre Festival under the direction of Mark Fleisher. She reprised “Natalie” in Next to Normal at Seven Angels Theatre, where she’s also played “Annie” in Tom Dudzick’s touching play Over the Tavern (directed by Semina DeLaurentis and co-starring Sarah Knapp) as well as Logainne "Schwarzy" SchwartzandGrubenierre in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee directed by Janine Molinari.
In NYC, Mandy has been cast in the ongoing development of the play Dixieboy Firecrackers under the direction of stage and television star, Brian Lane Green. She’s performed at Times Square’s Payan Theater in Almost, Maine. As Founding Artistic Director of Lenka Peterson Players, Mandy’s played “Eleanor”/ “Bizarbara” in Starmites and “Sally” in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.
Other Credits include “Sister James” Doubt, “Maddie” The Hundred Dresses, ”Catherine” Proof. Film and T.V. credits include Lifetime Movie Network: IKILLED MY BFF; V-Day Film: BREAK THE CHAIN (Debbie Allen/ Eve Ensler); CouponBug.com Commercial: Pam GAMESHOW. She recently performed along side a star-studded cast in The Who's Tommy in concert, directed by Daniel C. Levine and Jayme McDaniel, musical direction by Bryan Perri (Wicked, Dogfight, Chaplin) with Michael Seelbach, Matt Farnsworth, Jeremy Kushnier and Tricia Rapier.
As a teaching artist, she is co-founder of the T.H.R.I.V.E. Arts program with her business partner, Broadway star, Marissa Perry! Mandy is a proud member of the Actor’s Equity Association.