Catherine Tatge is a producer and director of film and television, and a partner with her husband, Dominique Lasseur, in Tatge/Lasseur Productions and the not-for-profit, Global Village Media. For over 40 years, her work has encompassed many genres, from public affairs, performance and dance, to biographies and the world of ideas. She has demonstrated her skill in storytelling through documentaries, historical drama, and feature films. Her work has been recognized for excellence in film and television through numerous awards, including several Emmys. Catherine Tatge’s body of work and demonstrated skill in filmmaking has earned her recognition as an educator as well as an artist.
Leveraging the power of film to connect and communicate in service of deeper cultural and civic understanding has been her passion. Currently, Tatge is developing several projects for PBS. In 2008, Tatge and her husband founded The Civic Life Project, a program designed to engage high school and college students in civic action through the use of documentary filmmaking. Currently, the project is being implemented in colleges, in public and private schools across the state of Connecticut and New York.
In 1988, she influenced American television as producer/director of Joseph Campbell and The Power of Myth with Bill Moyers, for which she received an Emmy Award. Ms. Tatge’s close working relationship with Bill Moyers led to many projects: the ten-hour Genesis: A Living Conversation; the two-hour special Fooling with Words and the series Sounds of Poetry, both documenting the 1998 Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, the largest poetry event in the United States; the special What Can We Do About Violence?; three programs on the nature of hate—Beyond Hate, Facing Hate with Elie Wiesel, and Hate on Trial; and numerous other Moyers programs: A World of Ideas featuring among others, Nadine Gordimer, Derek Walcott, and Louise Erdrich.
Dominique Lasseur is an award-winning producer of film and television. In his many years in cultural programming, he 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. In also was the producer of several Fred Friendly Seminars Broadcasts including the recent Ethics in America featuring notable participants, including Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Sandra Day O'Connor. 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.
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.
He came to the United States in 1983 to found Tatge/Lasseur Productions and Global Village Media with his wife Catherine Tatge.