Dominique Lasseur is an award-winning producer of film and television, and the Co-Founder of Civic Life Project, an educational program that uses documentary filmmaking to engage college and high school students in our democracy. Since its inception in 2009 the Civic Life Project has produced more than sixty students’ films.
In his many years in cultural programming, Lasseur has overseen numerous productions both in the United States and abroad. He most recently was Executive Producer of John Muir in the New World for PBS’s American Masters series. He produced a number of Fred Friendly Seminars including Ethics in America, featuring notable participants, including Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Sandra Day O'Connor. In 2008 he produced segments filmed in Afghanistan, Jordan and in California prisons for Bill Moyers Journal’s Beyond our Differences.
Lasseur was co-producer of the critically acclaimed The Question of God: C.S. Lewis & Sigmund Freud). His work has embraced performance documentaries, biographical profiles, news and public affairs programming, including Breaking the Silence: Journeys of Hope and Breaking the Silence: Children’s Stories, two PBS specials on domestic violence, as well as special programming for the Pew Charitable Trust and the Harvard Business School.
He produced a special on poetry, Fooling With Words with Bill Moyers on the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival and Playing with Fire, a 90-minute special on the 10th Van Cliburn Piano Competition, and a series of programs featuring author Jean Houston. Lasseur was co-executive producer of the four-hour series, What Can We Do About Violence? With Bill Moyers, and co-produced Liz Swados’ The Hating Pot.
In the early 90s, Lasseur co-produced and co-directed a series of programs in collaboration with the Elie Wiesel’s Foundation and Bill Moyers. The Anatomy of Hate series included Beyond Hate, Facing Hate, and Hate on Trial and featured Nelson Mandela, Vaclav Havel, Jimmy Carter, Nadine Gordimer, Elie Wiesel and many others.
Dominique Lasseur has a diverse background in French television, theater and film. He studied acting and began his career as a stage and film actor in Marseilles and Paris. In 1979, he moved into television production, working as an associate producer for the major French television networks. Listed among his credits are: Gospel Caravan, Carmen with Mikhail Baryshnikov, Proust with Maya Plissetskaya, and Parisiana with Zizi Jeanmaire. In 1980-1981, he worked for Camera One on Don Giovanni, the film/opera directed by Joseph Losey and Houston, Texas, a documentary about the killing of a policeman in Houston, directed by François Reichenbach.
He moved to the United States in 1983 and founded Tatge/Lasseur Productions with his wife Catherine Tatge.