the Cult of Dionysus

Some interesting angles can be taken with this paper topic...

First of all, check out the websites we are using for background information about the Bacchae

Homeric Hymn to Dionysus
Dr. J's Illustrated Greek Theater
Dr. J's Illustrated Greek Drama
Optional reading: Staging a play for the Greater Dionysia

Professor Roger Dunkle's background lecture on Greek Tragedy 

Historical Overview by Thomas Martin:
10.2 Development of Athenian Tragedy
10.2.1 The Nature of Tragedy
10.2.2. The Performance of Tragedy

How about the role of women in the cult of Dionysus?

Ross Kraemer has a chapter on women's devotion to Dionysus in Her Share of the Blessings. Also by Kraemer is her sourcebook on women's religions in the Greco-Roman World:n Maenads, Martyrs, Matrons,  Monastics.