Kristyl started dancing at age 2. She still takes Tap, Ballet, Hip Hop and Jazz classes.
Kristyl was raised in a family of educators. In 2004, she graduated with a BA in Theatre and a Minor in Music from Georgia Southern University. In 2007, she graduated with a MFA in Acting from the New School for Drama, and she is working on a PhD in Theatre & Performance Studies at the University of Georgia.
An Army Brat, Kristyl attended 5 different elementary schools: Radium Springs Elementary (Albany, GA), Diamond Elementary (Ft. Stewart, GA), Jordye Bacon (Hinesville, GA), Stuttgart American Elementary (Germany), and Würzburg Elementary (Germany).