The Steven Universe Podcast

Join host and superfan McKenzie Atwood every week for an all-access tour inside Steven Universe! Meet the cast, crew and characters themselves as McKenzie goes one-on-one in exclusive interviews with the creative team who inhabit Steven Universe.



Leading The Way - Rebecca and Steven Sugar

It's the season finale of the Steven Universe Podcast, and that means both Rebecca and Steven Sugar return to share the stories from their childhood that directly inspired some of episodes. Rebecca is also answering YOUR questions about the show, the characters, fan theories, video games, and the pineapple pizza debate. Plus, Rebecca brought along her ukulele and debuts a brand new, never-before-heard song from an upcoming episode of Steve Universe.



From Fan To Crew - Thomas Sanders, Chris Graham, Maya Petersen, Amber Cragg, and Mario Piedra

If you're a Steven Universe fan, and your dream is to someday work on the show, then this episode is for you! Storyboard Revisionist Maya Petersen and Storyboard Artist Amber Cragg share their incredible stories about how fan art and fandom led them to joining the crewniverse! Cartoon Network Games Creative Director Mario Piedra, and Chris Graham who designed the mobile game, "Attack The Light," and upcoming console game "Save The Light," also turned their love of...



How It's Made - Rebecca Sugar, Lauren Hecht, Nick DeMayo, Jackie Buscarino, and Lisa Zunich

Rebecca Sugar assembled a team of ridiculously talented people to bring Steven Universe to life, and you'll find out how she managed to do that! You'll also discover why diversity in background, culture, and life experiences was crucial to her selection process, how the respective crewniverse members' influences make their way into the show, and what really happens during those crewniverse writer retreats! Plus, if you're wondering why it takes 10 months for a new Steven...



Steven Universe Alumni - Ian Jones-Quartey, Ben Levin and Matt Burnett

The Steven Universe crewniverse is filled with amazingly talented people, and more than a few have gone on to create their own shows! Ian Jones-Quartey had a huge impact in bringing Steven Universe to life with creator Rebecca Sugar, and now he's launched his own series, "OK KO." Ben Levin and Matt Burnett wrote many memorable Steven Universe episodes, and are now gearing up to launch their own show, "Craig Of The Creek." All three share stories and...



The Music of Steven Universe - Rebecca Sugar and Aivi Tran

It's the music of Steven Universe with Rebecca Sugar, composer Aivi Tran, and Jeff Liu and Jeff Ball! They share some amazing stories about what inspires the music, how certain song ideas change and grow through the creative process, what it took to make the "Mr. Greg" episode, and how they approach composing music for various characters, including the Gems. Plus, Rebecca's thoughts on "Mr. Greg's" Emmy nomination, and she also shares some of her ukulele...



All By Design - Steven Sugar, Liz Artinian, Jane Bak, Mary Nash, Efrain Farias, Danny Hynes, Aleth Romanillos, and Angie Wang

The Steven Universe designers are responsible for the look, style, and color of the show. So today, we've got Art Director Liz Artinian, Lead Background Designer Steven Sugar, background designers Jane Bak and Mary Nash, colorist Efrain Farias, along with Danny Hynes and Aleth Romanillos, who do the early design work for the episodes, to talk about the real-life places and objects (and classic video games) that inspired the look of everything from Beach City to Homeworld to the...



Voicing The Gems - Rebecca Sugar, Deedee Magno Hall, Michaela Dietz, Shelby Rabara, and Jennifer Paz

The Gems join the podcast! Shelby Rabara, the voice of Peridot, Jennifer Paz who voices Lapis, Deedee Magno Hall who voices Pearl, and Michaela Dietz, the voice of Amethyst have stories about their respective auditions, working together and with other castmembers in the booth, what they love best about their characters and the show, and which other Gems they were originally considered to voice! Plus, Steven Universe creator Rebecca Sugar returns to talk about the origin of the Gems, and...



Drawn To Life - Kat Morris, Joe Johnston, Hilary Florido, Jeff Liu, Lamar Abrams, Maya Petersen, and Amish Kumar

Have you ever wondered how a Steven Universe episode is created? Well, here's your chance to meet the storyboard artists, revisionists, supervisors and directors who bring Steven Universe to life! Storyboard artists Jeff Liu and Lamar Abrams explain the boarding and writing process, and which characters are their favorites to board. Storyboard Revisionists Maya Petersen and Amish Kumar share the challenges of revising group scenes, and shots featuring multiple Gems. And Storyboard...



Coming of Age with Steven Universe - Zach Callison and Grace Rolek

Zach Callison, voice of Steven Universe, and Grace Rolek, voice of Steven's BFF Connie, talk about growing up with and growing into their roles. Hear about the story of their auditions, how they found out they landed their respective parts, working with creator Rebecca Sugar and the crewniverse, and some of their favorite episode moments and songs. Plus, Steven and Connie themselves join in the fun and reveal their favorite video games, pizza, and the super power they wish they had.



Building A Universe - Rebecca and Steven Sugar

Steven Universe creator Rebecca Sugar and her brother Steven, who inspired the title character and who also serves as a background artist on the series, talk about growing up together playing video games and watching anime. They reveal the origins of some of the Steven Universe imagery, characters, backgrounds, and music, what inspired the creation of the Gems, and why they love the fan theories about the show. Plus, find out what Hotel Transylvania and Adventure Time had to do the creation...