Who We Are

Who We Are

Catherine Tatge
Co-Founder and Executive Director

Catherine Tatge is a distinguished, Emmy Award-winning producer and director of film and television and the CEO/Co-Founder of Tatge/Lasseur Productions and the not-for-profits, Global Village Media and the Civic Life Project.  For over 30 years, she has worked extensively and globally in the public affairs, performance and dance, biographies and the world of ideas arenas through documentaries, historical drama, feature films and digital channels. As a leader, an educator and an artist, she has leveraged the power of film to connect and communicate in service of deeper cultural and civic understanding.

Throughout her career, Tatge has tackled important, controversial public affairs issues. As producer/director of Joseph Campbell and The Power of Myth with Bill Moyers, a program which had significant influence on American television, she received an Emmy Award.  Ms. Tatge’s close working relationship with Bill Moyers led to many other projects including the ten-hour PBS series Genesis: A Living Conversation; Fooling with Words and the series Sounds of Poetry, the four part series – What Can We Do About Violence?; and  three programs on the nature of hate—Beyond Hate, Facing Hate with Elie Wiesel, and Hate on Trial.

Tatge is a graduate of Lawrence University and also received an Honorary Doctorate from Lawrence.

Dominique Lasseur
Co-Founder and Managing Director

Dominique Lasseur is a film and television producer and co-founder of production companies Global Village Media and Tatge/Lasseur Productions. With numerous productions in the U.S. and abroad, his work has embraced performance, performance documentaries, biographical profiles, news and public affairs, and informational programming. From Holo Mai Pele—a dance/performance special on PBS’ Great Performances —to a series entitled Dances of Life, he also produced Breaking the Silence: Journeys of Hope, a PBS special on domestic violence, as well as special programming for the Pew Charitable Trust, Harvard Business School, and Fred Friendly Seminars. Other projects include Breaking the Silence: Children’s Stories and The Question of God: C.S. Lewis & Sigmund Freud. He recently produced a series on Ethics in America for the Fred Friendly Seminars, featuring many notable participants, including Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Sandra Day O’Connor.

Chelsea Schuster
Communications Consultant

Chelsea is the founder of Audacious Impact, a cause-marketing consulting firm for organizations that are making big, bold, progressive change in our democracy and world. Prior to starting Audacious Impact, Chelsea spent nearly a decade managing communications, fundraising, and community engagement initiatives at leading civic organizations including Generation Citizen, Citizens Union, Common Cause New York, and the Fund for the Public Interest Research Group.

Chelsea’s life and work have always been driven by her desire to create a world in which all people recognize their power, their voice, and their fundamental role in creating a more equitable and just society. She is the Co-Founder of I Will Not Be Quiet, a community group that creates a sacred space for women to learn about the political and social issues that impact their lives. She served as Co-Chair and member of Generation Citizen’s Associate Board from 2013-16 and a We Are All Brooklyn Fellow in 2014.

Chelsea received an M.S. in Nonprofit Management from The New School for Public Engagement and a B.A. in Political Science and English from the University of North Florida.

Jeannine Cook
Social Media Coordinator

For the last 10 years Jeannine Cook has worked as a trusted multimedia consultant for several startups, corporations, non-profits, and influencers. In addition to a holding a master’s degree from The University of the Arts, Jeannine is also a Leeway Art & Transformation Grantee and a winner of the South Philly Review Difference Maker Award. Most recently Jeannine served as the digital fundraiser for the Fund for the School District IG Philadelphia and media consultant for global youth programs at American Friends Service Committee.

Shamar Mahon
Schools Outreach Coordinator

Shamar Mahon has been associated with the Civic Life Project since 2014 when he co-produced Ammunition for Controversy. This documentary, explored the legal and political reactions in a post-Sandy Hook Connecticut. The following year, in 2015, Shamar explored the partisan divides on Connecticut’s minimum wage increase to $10.10 when he co-produced Unmasking the Minimum. After co-producing and directing two documentaries with the Civic Life Project, he was offered the position of Youth Leadership Coordinator in which he recruited his schoolmates and helped them to complete documentaries through Civic Life. Throughout his college career, he has served as Class of 2020 President, Treasurer of Wheaton College and Senator-at-Large. Now a senior, Shamar works in the Office of the President and looks forward to completing his Political Science major.

Civic Life Project and Youth Film Challenge