Who We Are
Co-Founder and Managing 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.
Co-Founder and Executive 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.
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.