Vermilyea was born in Melrose, Massachusetts, but spent her formative years on her parent's farm in Pembroke, New Hampshire. This farm became the setting for her first feature film, Straight Forward, a 1940's film noir psychodrama that debuted at the Somewhat North of Boston (SNOB) Film Festival in November 2006 and won a "Best of N.H. Film" award. Straight Forward began pre-production in late summer of 2004 and took ten days to film in November. Kristen starred in the film, which was a family affair; her mother played the role of Executive Producer.
On October 1, 2005, Vermilyea married Mark Harbaugh of Concord on that same Pembroke farm. They had a baby girl in the fall of 2009. Vermilyea is a 1991 graduate from UNH and holds a BA in English from the University. Kristen was hired as the communications and events coordinator for the New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources in November 2005. The New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources is the umbrella for the New Hampshire Film Office, Arts Council and State Library.
Film Trailer for the Independent film, Straight Forward, featuring Kristen Vermilyea:
Kristen Vermilyea acting reel: