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Rebecca Sugar        

Award-Winning Animator, Director, Screenwriter, Producer & Songwriter; Known as the Creator of "Steven Universe"

Rebecca Sugar is an animator, writer and songwriter. She was a writer and storyboard artists on the hit animated show Adventure Time before moving on in 2013 to create her own animated series: the wildly popular Steven Universe. She's earned six Prime-time Emmy Award nominations and is the first non-binary woman to independently create a series for Cartoon Network.

Sugar was raised in the Sligo Park Hills area of Silver Spring, Maryland. She simultaneously attended Montgomery Blair High School and the Visual Arts Center at Albert Einstein High School, where she was an arts semifinalist in the Presidential Scholar competition, and won Montgomery County's prestigious Ida F. Haimovicz Visual Arts Award.

During her time at the School of Visual Arts, Sugar directed short animated films, including Johnny Noodleneck (2008). In 2009, she wrote and animated Singles, in which frequent collaborator Ian Jones-Quartey acted as an assistant animator, assistant inker and voice actor on the project, while Sugar's brother Steven Sugar acted as an assistant colorist. Sugar completed this film as her thesis.

In 2010, Sugar published her first graphic novel, Pug Davis, featuring an astronaut dog and his gay sidekick Blouse.

Sugar has discussed the importance of creating LGBT representation and content, especially in children's entertainment. She also explained how Steven Universe has helped her come to terms with her own identity as bisexual and non-binary. She believes that early and positive exposure to the LGBT community can help queer identifying children avoid experiencing shame in their own identities.

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