Rebecca Sugar is the creator of Steven Universe. She is an artist, composer, and director who is known mostly for her work with Adventure Time, another Cartoon Network original series, as well as her award-winning animated short "Singles" and her graphic novel Pug Davis, as well as assisting with characters and backgrounds for Ian Jones-Quartey and Jim Gisriel's web series nockFORCE prior to her career.[1]

In 2012, Cartoon Network greenlit Steven Universe, making her the first solo female cartoon creator in the network's twenty-one-year history. Rebecca was one of the main storyboard artists on Adventure Time, before leaving production during the fifth season to work on Steven Universe, although she worked on Adventure Time again in 2015 for the Stakes miniseries, writing at least one song ("Everything Stays") and voicing Marceline's mother.[2]

She also did a few storyboards on the Sony Pictures Animation film Hotel Transylvania.[3]


Rebecca was born in Silver Spring, Maryland and attended the Visual Arts Center at Einstein High School and Montgomery Blair High School simultaneously in Maryland. Later, she would attend the School of Visual Arts in New York.[4] One of her early works, a comic strip called "Don't Cry For Me, I'm Already Dead[5]" about brothers who bond over references to The Simpsons was an early viral success.[6] The strip was originally published on Sugar's now-defunct website,, itself a reference to one of her early animated shorts.[7]

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Sugar speaking at 2016 San Diego Comic Con.

She was eventually hired as a storyboard revisionist during season one of Adventure Time, and later promoted to storyboard artist in the second season.

Rebecca would eventually leave Adventure Time in early 2013 to launch her new cartoon, Steven Universe. Her final episode she worked on for Adventure Time, titled "Simon and Marcy", was difficult because she was working on that episode alongside with launching her new show.[8]

She has achieved numerous awards in her career in television, such as earning nominations for Primetime Emmy Awards and Annie Awards while working for Adventure Time, and being featured in Forbes magazine's "30 Under 30 in Entertainment" list in 2012, noting that she was responsible for some of the best episodes of Adventure Time.[9]

She returned to Adventure Time in 2015 for the Stakes miniseries, voicing Marceline's mother and writing the song Everything Stays.

Episodes Written and Storyboarded

Steven Crewniverse

Rebecca Sugar and the Steven Crewniverse.


  • Rebecca Sugar's birthstone is a Ruby.
  • Rebecca Sugar said if she were a Gem, she would be a Ruby.
  • Rebecca Sugar plays the ukelele, which she often uses for song demos.
    • She also has a banjolele which she played at New York Comic Con.
    • She also plays the Omnichord/QChord, a chorded synthesizer, similar to the one Marceline plays in "I Remember You".
  • Rebecca Sugar is the Cartoon Network's first female animated cartoon creator.
  • Rebecca Sugar illustrated the cover of Estelle's music album, True Romance.
  • She wrote the song "Everything Stays" for the Adventure Time miniseries Stakes which premiered around Halloween 2015[10]. This marks Rebecca's first contribution to Adventure Time since leaving it to work on her show.
    • She also voices Marceline's Mother in the miniseries.
  • She is a member of WIA (Women in Animation).[11]
  • Rebecca Sugar has a cat named Lion.
  • During SDCC 2016, when asked why she included so many LGBT themes in the show, Rebecca Sugar came out, citing her experiences as a bisexual woman and her desire for LGBT youth to grow up where these themes are normalized.

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Voice Actors
Lamar AbramsChris Jai AlexDee Bradley BakerKimberly BrooksZach CallisonMichaela DietzSusan EganEstelleKate FlanneryReagan Gomez-PrestonJoel HodgsonIan Jones-QuarteyErica LuttrellDeedee Magno-HallMary Elizabeth McGlynnBilly MerrittKate MicucciMatthew MoyToks OlagundoyeJennifer PazBrian PosehnShelby RabaraGrace RolekTom ScharplingAtticus ShafferZachary SteelCharlyne Yi
Guest Voices
Uzo AdubaRita Rani AhujaTahani AndersonChristine BaranskiEric BauzaEric Bell Jr.Ashly BurchJackie BuscarinoJemaine ClementMason CookEugene CorderoGodfrey DanchimahColton DunnChristine EbersoleMelissa FahnKathleen FisherBraden FitzgeraldCrispin FreemanNika FuttermanLarissa GallagherBrian GeorgeLisa HanniganJohnny HawkesMarieve HeringtonMartha HigaredaMiriam HymanAlastair JamesJoan JettAlexia KhadimeAndrew KishinoMike KrolTed LeoNancy LinariPatti LuPoneNatasha LyonneAimee MannMichelle MarykAJ MichalkaNicki MinajJinkx Monsoon • Indya MooreAparna NancherlaEnuka OkumaOlivia OlsonChristine PediDella SabaAmy SedarisShoniqua ShandaiSinbadSarah StilesCristina VeeKari WahlgrenFrank WelkerDave WillisJon Wurster
Lamar AbramsMiki BrewsterDanny CraggHilary FloridoWarren FokDrew GreenEtienne GuignardTom HerpichColin HowardHellen JoJoe JohnstonIan Jones-QuarteyAmish KumarChristine LiuJeff LiuKatie MitroffRaven MoliseeKat MorrisMaya PetersenChristopher PiankaAleth RomanillosRebecca SugarPaul VillecoJesse Zuke
Show Staff
Producers: Jackie BuscarinoCurtis LelashJennifer PelphreyAlonso Ramirez RamosRobert SorcherRebecca Sugar

Directors: Liz ArtinianKi-Yong BaePatrick BrysonRicky CometaKevin DartNick DeMayoRobert IngramYong Seop JeongJoe JohnstonIan Jones-QuarteySue Hong KimJasmin LaiByung Ki LeeDongsoo LeeJae Bok LeeSeon-Jae LeeCurtis LelashElle MichalkaKat MorrisKent OsborneHye Sung ParkJin-Hee ParkRebecca SugarHeeman YangYoung-Wha YoonSeong Wook Yun
Music Staff: Jeff BallMichael EvansTravis KindredEmily KingKristin NaigusJack PendarvisEdwin RhodesStemageAivi & Surasshu
Character/Prop Design: Danny CraggBecky DreistadtColin HowardDanny HynesAleth RomanillosAngie Wang
Background Artists: Alison AbitbolJane BakSam BosmaPatrick BrysonRicky CometaEfrain FariasCharles HiltonLeonard HungMelissa KingMichelle KwonJasmin LaiElle MichalkaKatie MitroffAlex MyungMary NashJulian De PerioLaura PriceSteven SugarKat TsaiHans TsengEmily WalusAmanda Winterstein
Colorists: Becky DreistadtEfrain FariasAshley FisherTiffany FordLeigh LunaElle MichalkaHans Tseng

Other: Matt BurnettBen LevinLeiana NituraNicole Rodriguez
Guest Artists
Aaron AustinTakafumi HoriAdam MutoPendleton WardMatt BralyMadeline QueripelLuke Weber
Comic Staff
Frans BoukasQueenie ChanKali CiesemierWhitney CogarJillian CrabMatt CummingsRebekka DunlapBecky DreistadtColeman EngleKaty FarinaJosceline FentonAndrea FernandezMike FiorentinoMelanie GillmanGrace KraftWhitney LeopardRaven MoliseeMissy PenaTalya PerperJeremy SoreseAyme SotuyoRebecca SugarBridget UnderwoodShannon WattersHelen Yoon
Movie Staff
Chance the RapperJames FauntleroyGallantTed LeoAlonso Ramirez RamosJulian "Zorsy" SanchezStemageMacie Stewart

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