Heartland Opera Theatre is a 501(c)(3) performing arts organization established in 1998 by Terrence O’Brien. Since its creation the Heartland Opera Theatre, or HOT, has provided professional performances of opera and musical theatre to the Four-State Area. HOT has hosted performers from around the globe and toured full productions through Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma. HOT strives to not only engage national and international performers, but also to showcase exceptional local artists from the community and surrounding universities.  Heartland Opera Theatre has worked for years in collaboration with Missouri Southern State University, Pittsburg State University, the upsideDown Theatre, Crowder College, Community Theatre Productions and others, striving to bring professional theater to the Four-State Community.

Board of Directors


President - Emily Larson
Vice President - Alexin Maliszewski

Secretary - Gwen Hunt
GeTreasurer - John Atteberry
General Director- Michael Gregory


Our Mission

About Us

If you are interested in supporting Heartland Opera Theatre, please fill out the form to the right, or call our office at 417.385.1454 for more information.  You can also donate online using PayPal or a credit card by clicking the link below.

Donations may be mailed to:
Heartland Opera Theatre
P.O. Box 577
Joplin, MO 64802

Heartland Opera Theatre strives to bring professional performances of opera and musical theatre to the Four-State Area, engaging regional, national, and international performers, as well as promoting exceptionally talented local artists. 

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Members at Large
Dee Kassab

​Karen Buchanon

Will Mountz​​​​